Friday, November 17, 2017

Keep Pushing! by Gail Johnson




Writing and publishing a book has sometimes been compared to birthing a baby. There’s a lot of truth in that, as relayed in today’s post by Gail Johnson. Boy, can I relate! ~ Dawn

Keep Pushing!

When I became pregnant the second time, I did everything right. No cheeseburgers with extra pickles, no sitting around waiting. I ate my veggies and did my exercises.   

The first due date was February 14. Later, the doctor changed it to February 22. That didn’t happen either. My son refused to play along. March rolled around and they induced labor. After hours of pangs and an unexpected cesarean section, 9 pounds and 6 ounces of screaming flesh emerged, and we understood why I had failed to deliver my child. Ouch!

I tell you that story because every birth isn’t the same. Some moms do not carry a babe as long as others. Some deliver mere weeks after conception and others after hours—sometimes days of excruciating labor. Some women seem to blink and the baby appears, while others, like myself, need help.

It’s the same with writing. Some conceive an idea, and within months they’ve produced a robust bouncing story. Others conceive and labor—maybe years—before presenting their little bundle of joy to the world. This journey is unique. Certain steps may be easy for one, while excruciatingly difficult for another.

This year has been an I-didn’t-see-that-one-coming year. Obstacles and detours kept popping up along the way. You know what I’m talking about. Life happens and we must learn to roll with the punches. Easier said than done, I know. But once labor begins, it doesn’t stop. If we keep pushing, eventually, we will give birth to our dream.

A wise friend recently reminded me, “God’s timing is perfect.” I agree. Just as in childbearing, our WIP has a birthday too. God knows the perfect time to unfold it. So whatever pangs you are feeling at this moment, let me encourage you. Today’s birthing pangs will become tomorrow’s joyous cries of victory. Keep pushing!

With what part of the writing process do you struggle?





Gail Johnson
Gail Johnson enjoys sharing her passion for life and Christ through the power of the written word. Whether it’s through stories, articles, or songs, she invites her reader and listener to “taste and see” the hope she has found in a faithful God and loving Savior. Born and raised in Georgia, she is a wife and mother of two adult children. She enjoys lots of family time, good music, maple pecan ice cream, and southern living.


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16 comments:

  1. My answer is, "yes, all of it." I love creating the plot and the characters, but I usually get bogged down somewhere right of center. That's when I could care less if I finish it or now. Just as you said, I just have to keep pushing through.

    Great post, Gail! Hugs!

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    1. Good morning, Angie! I love the term birthing partner. In the writing world we have birthing partners. People who come alongside us, hold our hands, and encourage us to keep pushing. I'm so glad to have such friends like you and others who encourage me in this process. Hugs backatcha, sweet friend!

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  2. Welcome, Gail! As far as giving birth to a child, I was one that blinked. Giving birth to a book...not so much. I seem to struggle with everything after the first three chapters. Those first three spill out. Then it's every character for himself. :(

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    1. Good morning, Sandra! It's that way with me when I'm writing a song. The first verse spills out of me. But that chorus and second verse is like pulling teeth! Then again, they give you Novocaine before extracting a tooth. LOL Love your writing, Sandra. :)

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    2. I didn't know you wrote songs. How cool is that! Thanks so much for the kind words, Gail! :)

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  3. My biggest struggle is a quiet place and time!! I work all kinds of hours. You're right God's timing is perfect!

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    1. Those are hard to come by! No matter the place or the amount of time we have, it will all come together in the end. Thanks for stopping and commenting, Liz. Hugs!

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  4. I am enjoying the writing process. With our move from VA to SC, I slowed down a bit in writing. Now, I am back to filling the pages. :-)

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    1. Sometimes a change in scenery...and weather...is just the thing we need, Melissa! We were in Virginia last week and I thought I was going to freeze. We left Georgia(81°) only to arrive and find clouds and rain in Virginia (48°). Loved visiting with my son, but so glad to be home. Thanks for stopping by, my friend!๐Ÿ˜Š

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  5. I struggle with getting the first draft down. I much prefer the editing/revising/tweaking process!

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    1. Good morning, Dawn! I have to agree with you.But I imagine there are those who would disagree. LOL. BTW, thank you for the invitation. ❤

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  6. Thank you, Gail, for reminding us God's timing is perfect. I'm finally back to editing a manuscript I wrote two years ago. My struggle is I have several manuscripts written, but I lose confidence and start a new one instead of editing the old ones. The good news is my writing has improved--so editing is more rewarding because I waited.
    Blessings ~ Wendy

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  7. Great analogy, Gail. Yes, we all bring our books to birth uniquely. And I’m in the waiting room anxiously pacing and expecting something beautiful to come through the delivery door. Wishing you all of God’s best blessings, sweet friend! ๐ŸŒธ

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    1. Hang in there, Karen. All the pain is worth it when we hold that baby in our arms.

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  8. There's not a part of it I don't struggle with! I think I'm one of those writers who likes having written.

    My favorite part is the first draft.

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    1. I hear you, Terri! Having written is a great part of writing! Nothing beats the first draft when the story is flowing!

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