Monday, January 13, 2014

Never, Never Give Up by Carole Brown

Carole Brown
The joy and hope of a new year can fade over time, have you noticed? Are you still excited about what the year holds or has the routine set in and overwhelmed you? If the latter, we have some encouragement for you today. Here's to a great year, writers! ~ Annette

Never, Never Give Up
by Carole Brown

The year 2012 started out with determination to become published.

I was already going through a discouraging period, and I felt little change as the months passed. Tidbits of things should have given me a hint that change was in the air. Or maybe better said, in my heart.

Friends encouraged. One special friend figuratively sat me down (although actually we were standing for most of the conversation) and gave me a "talking to." What did I take away from that?

Quit beating myself up.
I have talent; use it
Believe in God

I'll have to admit, my faith was weak at that point. Yet I'll have to admit again, I think I had to get into this "slough of despond" for God to gain my attention. I had to get to the point where all I could say was, "God, I believe. Help my unbelief."

I put the words on my desktop. Every few days they would catch my attention. Every few days I'd repeat them like a mantra; a prayer from a heart with little faith.

Then a writing conference.
A meeting with an editor.
A manuscript request.
Work. Editing.
A send-in.
More waiting.
Calls from my agent. E-mails.
BIG News.
I'd been offered a contract.
December 17: date signed.
I became an author!

Elation. Happiness. Satisfaction. Relief.

Yes. All this.
And more.


Because throughout this year I learned in my own way to let go and let God. My faith might be weak, but God is strong. My faith might be little, but God works through the weak and deformed and broken.

I couldn't make it happen, but God did. In his own time.

It's his book, his novel, and whether he blesses it in a mighty way, or a small one, it is his.



The Redemption of Caralynne Hayman
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Besides being a member and active participant of many writing groups, Carole Brown enjoys mentoring beginning writers. She loves to weave suspense and tough topics into her books, along with a touch of romance and whimsy, and is always on the lookout for outstanding titles and catchy ideas. She and her husband reside in SE Ohio but have ministered and counseled nationally and internationally. Together, they enjoy their grandsons, traveling, gardening, good food, the simple life, and did she mention their grandsons?

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  1. What an inspiration, Carole. I've spent 4 years in that slump. Caregiver for my mother-in-law, arranging everything and cleaning out her house after she died, then a move. I know that's a lot but Satan kept whispering that I was failing and that this 2nd book would never be done.
    Several years of working on it and I'm praying for the faith to get a proposal done this year. Your story of faith is what I need to hear.

  2. Such great encouragement today! I think I really needed this. No, I know I did:)

  3. Congratulations, Carole! I've had way discouraging slumps and doubts in my decisions, but I think it all evens out in the long. I know God is in charge, but patience is not one of the gifts of the spirit that I've been given in any decent amount LOL. Best of luck with your release. elong

  4. Wise words, Carole. Sometimes, if we take the time to list those little things that have gone right, it can go a long way toward encouragement.

  5. Exactly, Sandra. I try to always focus on the good things, but once in a while I will get into a slump. TG I've usually been able to pull out of it!

    Lol, Tanya, oh, we of little faith! It's so easy to be human, isn't it. It's taken years to get where I am in the faith/patience way. Sigh. Thankfully God is the perfect patience person to teach me. :)

    Susan, we all need encouragement! Thanks for stopping by.

    Sherry, you'll make it. Keep hammering away; just a little at a time and before you know it you'll have it done! Yeah!


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