Friday, May 16, 2014

The Road Goes Ever On and On… by Patrick E. Craig


Patrick E. Craig
If you need a little support today, you’ve come to the right place. Author Patrick E. Craig shares some personal ups and downs in his own writing journey. His encouragement and wisdom will do your heart good. Soak in his rich words. ~ Dawn









The Road Goes Ever On and On…
by Patrick E. Craig


The Road goes ever on and on
Down from the door where it began.
Now far ahead the Road has gone,
And I must follow, if I can,
Pursuing it with eager feet,
Until it joins some larger way
Where many paths and errands meet.
And whither then? I cannot say. ~   J.R.R. Tolkien

Often these days, as I stare at a blank page in front of me, that little song from The Lord of the Rings goes through my head. I'm on this road, and it started with A Quilt for Jenna, my first book for Harvest House. Last year I was traveling through wonderful territory, out in the sunlight, surrounded by beautiful meadows, with blue skies and songbirds as my companions. Three books out in a year, the reviews were good, and my star seemed to be on the rise. This year I seem to have stumbled into the slough of despond.

Jenny's Choice came out in February, in time for a huge drop in the publishing business that has publishing houses jettisoning new authors that don't quite make it into the best-seller ranks. My agent has my latest proposal, the people who read my first series gave me wonderful feedback, Jenny's Choice has a 4.8 star rating on Amazon, but I still don't have a new contract. In the midst of this, I've been working full time and getting ready to sell the home that I've lived in for fifteen years while preparing to move to another state.  So by the time I get to sit down to write, my mind isla tabla rasa, the blank slate. Oh, it's not that I don't have any ideas for books; it's just that right now I can't seem to put them into words. Has that ever happened to you? What's the solution?

When I signed my contract to write the Apple Creek Dreams series, the event was totally engineered by the Lord. I didn't do anything except listen to Him and go where He directed. Of course I had to write the books, but here's what I discovered. Writing is a gift from God. He is The Word, and He communicates through His written word. When we write, we discover what it means to be created in His image. And what we write is from Him and it is to be used for His purpose, in His time, and for His glory. That takes a real load off. 

A book is not about fame and fortune, even if your mind is demanding recognition. For a Christian, writing is about presenting the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that brings your readers to a deeper relationship with God—millions of people or maybe only one. But if one person finds eternal life in the words you write, that is reward enough. So keep writing, be strong, fear not, press through when the words won't come. For the Lord is with you and you must follow, if you can.



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In the concluding novel to the Apple Creek Dreams series, Jonathan and Jenny Hershberger are happily settled in Paradise, Pennsylvania on the farm Jenny inherited from her grandfather. But when a tragic accident takes Jonathan’s life, Jenny and her young daughter, Rachel, return home to Apple Creek, Ohio to live with her adoptive parents, Reuben and Jerusha Springer. As Jenny works through her grief and despair, she discovers she has a gift for writing. A handsome young publisher discovers her work and, after the publication of her first book, Jenny is on the verge of worldly success and possible romance. But when a conflict arises with the elders of her church, Jenny must ask herself how far she’s willing to go to pursue her dreams.  A touching story of devotion and triumph over adversity.

Book 3 in the Apple Creek Dreams series



Patrick E. Craig is a lifelong writer and musician who left a successful songwriting and performance career in the music industry to follow Christ in 1984. He spent the next 26 years as a worship leader, seminar speaker, and pastor in churches, and at retreats, seminars and conferences all across the western United States. After ministering for a number of years in music and worship to a circuit of small churches, he is now concentrating on writing and publishing both fiction and non-fiction books. Patrick and his wife Judy make their home in northern California and are the parents of two adult children and have five grandchildren.


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3 comments:

  1. Patrick - I've definitely been there with the blank page and mushy mind. I think sometimes it is our bodies way of screaming overload. Wish I had a good answer on how to move past it.

    Thanks for the great post and reminder that our words are from God and for God.

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  2. Ugh! Yes, I know exactly what you mean, Patrick. I agree with Terri. Sometimes we're on overload, either mentally or physically, and it plays havoc with the ability to think. A very inspiring post! Thanks!

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  3. hi Patrick, what a wonderful reminder that writing is both following God and our muse. Your book sounds fantastic...I visited Amish country not long ago so I very intrigued by this book! Best wishes with your series.

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