We may not have it all together, but together we have it all.
First of all, I want to thank Susan for hosting me today. She’s over at my site today, so be sure to check out what she has to say also. I’ll put the link at the end of this post.
The idea for Heaven Sent sorta popped up from nowhere. As the leader of my Sunday School class for the last eight years, I’ve made it a practice to read some bit of humor or wisdom gleaned from emails each week.
A year or so ago, it dawned on me that I had a large number of inspirational stories to share with other Christians. I went through my files and pulled out all the stories I thought would be good fits for a book and began the task of tracking down authors to seek their permission to use their stories.
Most of the stories were anonymous. Several of the authors I managed to find gave their permission to use their stories. The works of those who either said no or didn’t respond were discarded.
This left me a total of 63 stories. I put my own comments at the end of each story, with the story in italics and my comments in plain font. Then I added three of my own and one of my daughter’s, for a total of 67. Getting this together was a labor of love.
My faith and understanding of God and His kingdom has grown through the years as I accumulated these stories. Seeing them again as I put the book together reminded me of the ways the stories had affected me.
Each and every story in the book has affected me in positive ways, but I’ll have to say the final story is the one that means the most to me. It’s one of my own stories, but that’s not why I say it means the most. It’s the story of an infant resting in her mother’s arms during a church service and how God ministered to me as I watched this baby girl.
Do you have an interest in writing a book of your own? Fiction or non-fiction?
If you want to write a non-fiction, research your subject carefully. Be sure you have your facts straight, and be sure it’s a subject people will be interested in.
For non-fiction, if you don’t already belong to a writers’ group, you could probably get some benefit from joining one. There are some basic rules about protagonists and antagonists and conflict that you need to understand thoroughly in order to give your story reader-appeal, and hopefully such a group can help you learn these things.
Writers’ groups can only take you so far, though. In most groups, member bring five pages to read, or enough pages to take so many minutes or some such thing. Then the group critiques those pages—as stand-alone writing. No one ever gets a good overall view of your project under this method, so don’t expect too much. In fact, the danger is that since everyone wants to have some brilliant comment about what you read, some will strain themselves to comment when they don’t really have anything to say. You have to be able to separate the wheat from the chaff.
Whether you write fiction or non, you need to do a lot more than just write. The old saying, “Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door,” is not true. If no one’s ever heard about your mousetrap, no one’s going to buy it. You have to find ways to build a platform to get your name and the name of your book before the public.
A Twitter presence can help. Facebook can help. LinkedIn, Pinterest and other social media sites can help. Writing a blog with good, interesting, regular posts can help. You’ll work hard to find the right combination of platform-building things to do. Here’s hoping you succeed at it.
As a celebration of Susan’s and my blog swap, I’m reducing the price of Heaven Sent from $5.99 to only $.99 for Kindle for three days—Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. Hope you’ll click here and take advantage of that.
Now, it’s time to go see what Susan has to say today on my site: http://davidnwalker.com.
David N. Walker is a Christian husband, father and grandfather, a grounded pilot, a would-be Nashville star, and a near-scratch golfer who had to give up the game because of shoulder problems. A graduate of Duke University, he spent 42 years as a health insurance agent. Most of that career was spent in Texas, but for a few years he traveled many other states.
He started writing about 20 years ago and has been a member and leader in several writers’ groups. Two of his books, the devotional Heaven Sent and the novella Fancy, are now available in paperback and in Kindle and Nook formats. Click here for more information and links to purchase these books.
David is currently working on a series of novellas taking over where Fancy leaves off early in the Civil War and following her life over a period of the next twenty years or so. Fancy: Louisville – Vol 3 is now out, and others will follow every couple of months or so.