Thursday, December 19, 2019

The Silent Season by Susan Tuttle

It’s December and all things are glittering and glowing. It’s such a beautiful season. We sing songs about a silent night, all the while not really thinking about how that night wasn’t silent. Mary gave birth to our Savior that night, shattering the silence of 400 years.

Friends, the silent season is real and can be oh-so-difficult. As writers we experience so much silence that it can move beyond deafening to the space filled with all of our insecurities. They tell us that we’re not good enough for this writing world. We’ll never see publication. Our writing doesn’t really matter. No one wants our stories. Other writers are so much more talented and deserving. Bottom line, we begin to believe God is no longer working on our behalf. Oh, may we never mistake the silence for God’s absence. (That was a sentence my pastor spoke on Sunday, and it echoed through me because there have been times in my life where I’ve done just that!)

God is working even when we cannot see him. If he has given you a promise about your writing, then he is going to fulfill it. Often in the silence he’s positioning us and everything around us so that his promise can meet fulfillment in his perfect timing. So when it’s silent, cling to his word and his track record—God’s word is good. His timing is perfect. And he always completes what he promises.

Merry Christmas, friends! And if you’re struggling with a silent season right now, please let me know in the comments so I can pray for you.

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Blake Carlton, the camera-shy son of Hollywood’s Darling, dodges the invasive limelight and scripted relationships that so often accompany fame. But when his mother’s popularity declines and she falls into a depression, he offers himself up as the next bachelor on a reality show, hoping to reignite interest in her career while creating a way for them to finally connect.

After her fiancĂ© dumps her for her best friend, aspiring photographer Harlow Tucker is done with romance—until her beloved, disabled sister requests her aid to start a nonprofit. Harlow agrees to do whatever is needed to raise funds, even reluctantly costarring on a dating show with a notorious womanizer who distrusts anyone behind a lens.

As Blake and Harlow navigate the superficiality of a reality show, their preconceived notions of love are challenged. Deciding to trust each other feels like the ultimate risk, but taking that chance could lead to a love truly picture-perfect, worth both of their hearts.


Susan L. Tuttle lives in the Mitten State where she’s a homeschooling mom of three who’s very happily married to her best friend. She’s firmly convinced that letters were meant for words, not math, and loves stringing them together into stories that inspire and encourage. Romance, laughter, and cookies are three of her favorite things, though not always in that order. Connect with Susan at www.susanltuttle.com.

7 comments:

  1. Susan, it's so great to have you back on Seriously Write! I think all writers, or at least most, have gone through a season of silence. And it's so easy to believe the enemies lies. Thanks for the encouragement.

    I'm so excited about your new release and I'm looking forward to reading it!

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    1. Thanks Terri, for your kind words and for having me back! Y'all are so wonderful over here <3

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  2. Thank you for this motivation, especially your pastor's message: "Oh, may we never mistake the silence for God’s absence."

    I don't think I've ever received any promises from the Lord about my writing--not about the results. The only reason I still work at it is because I haven't heard Him say to stop. ;)

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  3. Thanks so much for your encouraging post, Susan!

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  4. Amen. God is working even when we can't see Him or figure out how He is working. :-)

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  5. Susan, thank you for your encouraging words. This has been a quiet writing year for me, not because God is silent. He is telling me to wait. Your thoughts agree with what I hear. “His timing is perfect. And he always completes what he promises.”

    Your new release sounds fun. Congrats! And please pass the celebration cookies.....any variety!

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