Friday, June 7, 2019

Balancing Writer Projects: God’s Smile by Melinda V. Inman


Melinda V. Inman

Balancing Writer Projects: God’s Smile

For the first time in my career as a writer, I’m producing two novels in one year. When I first began writing fiction, no serious author would have considered such a thing. It typically took at least two to five years to produce a well-formed novel, maybe longer. Publishing two in one year was considered impossible. Nowadays, it isn’t.

But, goodness! How in the world? What about quality of content?

First, let me quantify the two projects. The first one is a full-length novel that has taken me over three years from the beginning of the first draft to publication later this calendar year, a respectable span of time. It’s historical fiction and the sequel of another, so it required all the research and other work that goes into producing 300+ pages.

The second is a novella written for a series alongside other experienced multi-published writers. The energy of the group carries the project forward, along with providing feedback and brainstorming. The sense of collaboration is fun and energizing. I was invited into this project, and when I heard all the particulars, I wanted to be a part of it. The timing, the invite, and the opportunity were like a gift from God!

If God opens a door, if his face shines upon you, and you know it’s one you can and should walk through with his help, if he has provided the opportunity, by all means walk through the door. This is especially the case if you once thought it was impossible.

How did this work? Well, first off, the Lord orchestrated it all. My job has been to simply walk into what he has provided.

The group project sought me out as I was editing the full-length novel. This was perfect timing. I wrote the rough draft for the novella during breaks in editing the novel. My Patreon campaign then allowed me to get that novel professionally edited as I was doing major work on the novella manuscript. The projects layered together nicely.

The group project was bite-sized. A novella is one-third the length of a full-length novel, making it feel like a short story in comparison. The setting is contemporary, meaning less research.

The premise was inviting, and the genre is a new model. The characters’ lives embody many Christian principles I firmly believe in and want to advance.

Both stories broach issues I’m thrilled to write about, thus moving me in a God-pleasing direction in both. When we’re working on something fresh and new, something we know will please the Lord and promote his message, it adds vigor to our efforts. It’s like a fresh breeze blowing through, lifting the curtains.

All of this together brought God’s smile into my work. His face shone. Working under the providence of God’s smile on two projects in one year brings an awareness of God’s blessing. When we recognize that God is in any project or undertaking, our steps are lighter, and the work is less burdensome. As a writer with a chronic illness, this is incredibly important, for we often cannot simply power through as we did when we were healthy.

The smile of God, the unique newness of the project, the joy of collaboration, and the sense of God’s delight and blessing in giving the opportunity empower me as a writer.

When has God’s smile given you direction or lightened your load? How did his approval or leading make the work joyful?

How has God’s smile opened doors and made possible projects or plans you never before considered possible?

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace" (Numbers 6:24-26 NIV).


If God opens a door, if his face shines upon you, and you know you can and should walk through with his help, by all means walk through the door.
#seriouslywrite #encouragementforwriters via @MelindaVInman


Melinda V. Inman, Author of Refuge; Fallen; and No Longer Alone


Raised on the Oklahoma plains in a storytelling family, Melinda Viergever Inman now spins tales from her writer’s cave in the Midwest. Her faith-filled fiction illustrates our human story, wrestling with our brokenness and the storms that wreak havoc in our lives. Find her weekly at http://MelindaInman.com/blog/. To find her work and to be notified of future published novels, follow her at http://bit.ly/MelindasBooks/.

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20 comments:

  1. Congratulations, Melinda, on these amazing accomplishments! May God be glorified in all! I have experienced similar situations where God swings wide the door to His will and aligns the necessary details to bring it to pass. It is a joyful thing to behold as we stand and watch what only God can do! I'm rejoicing with you that God has done just that in your life through the writing and publishing of these two new books. May the breath of His presence linger long as you remember this time.

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    1. Thank you, Melissa! This uplifting opportunity came at just the right time. As my illness worsens and depression attempts to encroach, having the smile of God and the delight of working with other authors has helped carry me forward. The shining of the Lord's face upon a project makes all the difference!

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  2. You are an amazing women. I pray you will also accomplish much more as God leads you.

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    1. Only by the grace of God am I able to accomplish anything. I have to give him all the glory, Yvonne.

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  3. "When we recognize that God is in any project or undertaking, our steps are lighter, and the work is less burdensome." These are exactly the circumstances that tell me that my God is in the project.
    Congratulations on the work accomplished for His glory. I pray He will provide relief from the illness.

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    1. Yes! That's how I've known to go ahead and to keep pressing onward. Each time he affirms in this way, I feel his smile and the shining of his face. Since mostly I just feel crummy with my illness, the smile of God is a necessity for me to keep pressing onward.

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  4. Love this phrase: "The smile of God..."

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    1. When our faces shine, it's because we're smiling, overcome with joy and gladness. I love thinking of the Lord's face shining. Overcome with joy and gladness in us, he smiles. Thanks for commenting, Ava.

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  5. This is exciting for you and you are a good time and issue manager. I've noticed that through some of your posts. I also know you have the blessing of God in your work and you depend greatly on Him. God bless you and give you strength because of it Melinda.

    For me, oddly, I've found that when God puts on my heart to write blog posts that are evangelistic in nature, the words flow quickly to the page and I love the experience. I recall writing one in about 30 minutes, though I usually spend weeks on my posts! I am not an evangelist in any way and I certainly do not have that spiritual gift, but sometimes I feel prompted to write about the gospel, and I think God smiles when I do so.

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    1. That sounds like God smiling to me, Stephen! You're a gifted evangelist. I see it in the posts you write. You want the message of Jesus to be proclaimed. The fact that the words fly onto the page so quickly is an affirmation. God is smiling when you share the gospel, brother.

      Thank you for all your kind and encouraging words here. I thank God that I had a mother who taught me how to manage time, never knowing I'd need those skills for homeschooling first and then later for a writer's career. The Lord's blessings show up in many ways throughout our lives.

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  6. Wow, God is using you! Praying and God's blessings as you complete what He has planned for you!

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    1. Thanks so much for your kind words and prayers, Julie!

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  7. I am so impressed at how much work you've accomplished! Yes, it truly is wonderful when God smiles upon us and blesses the work of our hands! Congratulations on your hard work and your novels!

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    1. Emily, thanks so much for stopping by! God is good. He enables anything I get done, since I never know when my autoimmune disease will put me in bed. Praise God his enablement!

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  8. Whoa, Melinda! Amazing! Congratulations! What an accomplishment! Sounds like the Lord surely partnered with you and you worked out a schedule conducive to finishing both projects. So proud of you. I love two things here. First, how you talk about God's smile on your work. And the open door. Both great insights for all of us!

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    1. Karen, thanks for stopping by to comment! God's smile is what keeps me going. These confirmations that he brings lighten my step and make the work lighter. I'm so glad to be a part of both projects. Open doors and God's smile - both incredibly significant for determining what he would have us to do!

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  9. I pray we are always listening and ready when God opens doors. :-)

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    1. Amen to that, Melissa. It's easy to get overcommitted and too busy to listen - not a good strategy!

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  10. Congratulations, Melinda! I admire you in your endeavors to write so beautifully while also suffer a chronic illness. You are such an inspiration to me.

    I agree, our steps are lighter in the load we carry when we know it’s God calling us forward. Feeling his pleasure is assuring.

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    1. Marcie, thank you for your kind words and encouragement. These add to the necessary uplifting that keeps me going. I thank the Lord for his nearness and for encouraging friends like you. Thank you!

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