On Writing Progress & The Christian Walk
Did you know that the average novel has about 80,000-100,000 words? Last week I wrote the 22,353rd word of my first novel! Which means I'm about a quarter of the way done. Crazy!! When I'm typing away in small chunks of time here and there it can often seem like I'm not accomplishing very much, but then when I step back to look at the big picture it is amazing to see just how far I've come.
I've realized, and finally accepted, that with my schedule and the way my brain creates I can realistically average about 8,000 words a month. I'm part of several different writing groups and follow quite a few writing blogs, which are a wonderful source of instruction and encouragement. But they can also be a detriment to my writing.
The first month I exceeded my 8,000 words I was ecstatic, only to log on to social media and see that another aspiring writer had written over 20,000 words that month. Instantly I was deflated. I wavered in between doubting my abilities and then convincing myself that my writing must be better than hers. Someone who can write that quickly must not have done a lot of research and I'm sure their storyline is lacking because of it. I'm sure my novel has so much more depth than hers.
Ouch. It's hard to see those thoughts written down in black and white. What's even harder? Calling it what it is...plain old jealousy. Instead of congratulating this writer and celebrating the way God has gifted them to write, I look at their abilities and wish they were mine. Do you ever do the same? It's something that, with God's grace, I'm working on at the moment.
Just like with my writing, it's easy to compare my Christian walk with others and think I'm not growing or moving forward fast enough, but God is using these small teaching moments to hopefully refine me into a more complete picture of Christ.
When I first started typing away a few months ago I thought I was embarking on a writing journey, but now I'm realizing it's a faith journey as well.
So let's pop open that carton of ice cream and celebrate all the wonderful ways God has gifted you to serve him!
I'll be back next week to share a little more about what God has been teaching me through this process!