Thursday, September 10, 2015

Waiting by Dawn Crandall

Hi, Terri here. I’m thrilled to welcome my friend, Dawn Crandall, to Seriously Write today. Dawn is a 2015 Carol Finalist for her debut novel The Hesitant Heiress. If you haven’t read Dawn’s books I encourage you to give one a try. They are fantastic.

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People who don’t know me might not realize that I signed my three book contract with Whitaker House) when I was (finally) six months pregnant with my first child. What they also wouldn’t know is that I’d waited twice as long to have a baby than to get published, and that they both, unfortunately, happened to come about at the same time.

Yes, unfortunately.

Or at least, that’s what I thought most of the last year as I was busier than I’d ever been in my life, launching my three eBook series from Whitaker House—all within my son’s first year of life. But now, as the first year of my author career comes to a close and the three books of my Everstone Chronicles series release as paperbacks this Fall, I’ve come to realize that maybe I should have been more trusting with my God-scheduled life.

One proposal. One chance. That’s all I had because I’d written my three book series out completely.

Even as I did so, I knew it seemed unlikely that my one proposal would make it through the “barrier” every yet-to-be-published author wants to break through. Especially when publishing house after publishing house—some which were quite interested in my manuscript—either closed their fiction line or merged with another publishing company. I waited two long years from the day I signed the contract with my agent until she informed me of the book contract offer. I had come to the point of wanting nothing more than to see my name in print, to the point that I’d completely given up on having children because I thought I knew what God wanted to do with me. It certainly wasn’t that He wanted me to be a mom. So what else was there? But then it kept not happening. Month after month. Year after year. And yeah, there were times I wanted to give up and never write another word.

Are you in this place of waiting? Are you waiting for the call from an agent—for representation or news of a book contract from a dream publisher? Hoping that the next stage in your writing career will be IT?

Well, let me urge you to enjoy whatever time you have at each stage… because there is no IT this side of heaven. No matter where you are in your writing journey, there will always be something more your heart yearns for. And yeah, you might feel down and discouraged because you don’t have some higher-up’s stamp of approval for everyone to see, and you might even feel that God must not be paying attention or doesn’t want to see your manuscripts published, but that doesn’t change the fact that He’s doing exactly what He sees as best for your life right now.

I can see this now that it’s all been laid out behind me in His will for my life. Can you see the ways He’s worked in the waiting periods of your own life?

Trust Him. Continue to trust Him. Are you writing for Him or for fame, recognition and attention? I know it’s a struggle, but when it’s all said and done, whatever we do, it should be for the Lord. No matter what stage of the journey we’re waiting in.

This was originally posted August 27, 2015 on the www.acfw.com blog.

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Dawn Crandall is the author of the award winning series, The Everstone Chronicles: The Hesitant Heiress, The Bound Heart and The Captive Imposter which will all three release in paperback from Whitaker House this fall. She is a graduate of Taylor University with a degree in Christian Education, and is represented by Joyce Hart of Hartline Literary. She is a member of Romance Writers of America, American Christian Fiction Writers, secretary for the Indiana ACFW Chapter (Hoosier Ink), and associate member of the Great Lakes ACFW Chapter. can be found online at www.dawncrandall.blogspot.com and www.facebook.com/dawncrandallwritesfirst.

6 comments:

  1. Dawn - as I read this I felt like God intervened in my life in a big way by having you guest post today. I'm at a particularly tough spot in my writing journey and this hit home. Thanks for the insightful post. I look forward to seeing you at ACFW.

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    1. Wow, thanks, Terri! I'm glad it was just the kind of thing you needed to hear and that I could be an encouragement to you. :) I know waiting is hard. And oftentimes life gets in the way too. I'm feeling a little of that myself--having an 18 months old (whom I wouldn't trade in for all the world) takes so much of my time now. I don't get nearly as much writing in as I used to. So... I guess that's one of those things I'm yearning for now. Although I'm published with award winning books and up for a Carol Award... I just wish I had more time to write.

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    1. Thanks, Claire! :) I have your Dancing to an Irish Reel on my kindle right now! I'm having a hard time finding ANY time to read lately, but I do look forward to it since it's written in first person. My books are written in first person too. :)

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  3. and you might even feel that God must not be paying attention or doesn’t want to see your manuscripts published, but that doesn’t change the fact that He’s doing exactly what He sees as best for your life right now.

    These words spoke right to my heart! Knowing that God is doing what is best for me right now gives me comfort and helps to ease the pain of seeing dreams, long held dreams, slipping a little further from me each day. Handing those dreams over to God and trusting that He will take care of them far better than I can is my battle. Letting go of dreams that I made and letting him mold them into what He wants for me, that is what I am challenged to do. Thank you for these words today.

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    1. I'm so glad those words gave you comfort, Linda! God bless! <3

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