I’ve been told so many times in the past several months, believe it or not. The good thing (for me) is that I don’t need you to believe that’s what I’m being told so much as I need to believe it.
Honestly, some days I do, and some days I don’t.
As I sit revising my first full-length book, I realize there are no shortcuts on this path. It would be easy for the lazy person inside of me to go through, and having made sure everything is grammatically correct, send it out into the world. The writer, the storyteller inside of me wants to completely restructure things to make them flow better. Giving in to the latter takes more time, but it will make my work better. And I realize this too is my path.
I think about how I used to be a voracious reader, how I challenged myself to read the greats. About how during my college years, I developed a terrible habit of reading light, and how that turned into light writing because the writer I aspired to be changed.
I know this is not the path of ease, or success, or renown, but it is my path. On one hand, I didn’t choose this path, on the other, I must choose it every day, because if I’m on any other path, something is always not quite right.
This is my first New Year’s Resolution for 2014. I’m going to devote my year to writing. It’s going to be my personal focus and ministry focus. In fact, I’m not taking on any personal or ministry (outside of person-to person ministry, that is) endeavors that don’t involve writing.
Writing is my path.
For the first time, I’m going to live like I believe that.