Recently, I celebrated the publication of my fiftieth book (Mermaid's Song with a jubilee on Facebook. I have a few thoughts to share in the afterglow.
The biggest one is: everyone has a unique ministry. No one else can tell your story. That’s the neat part about being a Christian writer. We’re not in competition with each other. God assigns each one of us a different role. My success doesn’t threaten yours; instead, it validates it.
A second is, you don’t know what path your writing career will take. You may start out expecting to write fantasy, and God may turn you into writing doctrinal pieces. Or you may shift sideways. I went sideways from contemporary romances to historical romance, and took another turn with cozy mysteries. You may dream of writing the great American novel, but God want you to write for a weekly take home paper, or genre fiction.
Related to that, be prepared for change. At the moment, I suspect my career is going to take a dramatic change in direction. Over the past year, I’ve been asked to write a monthly magazine column, prayers for a book on prayers, and devotions for a year-long volume—all nonfiction. A few other nonfiction doors are nudging open.
My first (never published) book was nonfiction. A quarter of a century later, it may be starting to happen!
Persevere, be open to anything, and you may find God will give you more work than you think you can handle. Whether you are called to be a writer—or something else—cling to this truth.
Question: How do you handle jealousy, when someone succeeds and you fail? That’s a heavy question. We can also ask: What is your favorite fairy tale? Mermaid’s Song is a retelling of Hans Christian Anderson’s classic Little Mermaid.
Answer one of Darlene's questions to be entered in her giveaway. Good Luck!
Best-selling hybrid author Darlene Franklin's greatest claim to fame is that she writes full-time from a nursing home. Mermaid Song is her fiftieth unique title! She’s also contributed to more than twenty nonfiction titles. Her column, “The View Through my Door,” appears in five monthly venues. Other recent titles are Small Town Romances and Maine: If there's romance...it must be Maine. You can find her online at: Website and blog, Facebook, Amazon author page