Monday, February 3, 2020

You Are Not Alone by Sara Davison

Sara Davison
I've been so grateful for my writing friends over the years! How about you? Fellow Mountain Brook Ink author Sara Davison is here to share some advice for not "going it alone" with our writing. Read on! ~ Annette

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"Writing is a solitary profession." It’s been said so often that it’s become a cliché. And in many ways, it’s true. When it comes to sitting down at the keyboard and actually plunking away at the keys, no one can create the story except the author. But that doesn’t mean he or she has to be alone.

In Matthew 28, Jesus concludes the Great Commission with the words, “And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This incredible promise, that whatever we may go through, however we may suffer in a broken, fallen world, we are never alone, gives us the strength and courage to persevere.

But we were also created to be with other humans. From the declaration of God during creation that it was not good for the man to be alone, to the words of Hebrews 10:25, “… not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching,” Scripture affirms over and over that we are meant to be in community. The context in that passage is a society increasingly hostile to faith, which is certainly where we find ourselves now.

If, then, our message is being met with growing resistance, how can we come together as a community of Christian authors to support and encourage each other? One of the best things I ever did was join a writers’ group. Over the years, I have belonged to a few different ones, occasionally starting one up if I couldn’t find one in my area. I also attend two or three writing retreats a year with two other authors. Sure, we give each other space to write on our own, but we’re physically present in the room and there for each other to bounce ideas off of and to give feedback. Some of my best scenes have come out of these sessions as a direct result of the interaction with my fellow writers.

Indie authors are finding new ways to be in community as well. In April of this year, I will be releasing my seventh novel, and my first published independently. But I’m not doing it alone. I have joined a group of other authors called the Mosaic Collection. There are twelve of us, and one author releases a book each month into the collection. Yes, we type away alone, but we are in constant online communication, asking each other questions, spurring each other on, and being there for each other in whatever we are going through, not only in our writing but in our lives. We have become a sisterhood, and it is a beautiful and powerful thing.

So, fellow writers. Find your community. As it becomes increasingly difficult to share our message of redemption and hope, we need each other more than ever. You were never meant to take this journey alone.

Is writing a solitary profession? Join @sarajdavison today as she visits Seriously Write.

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Sara Davison

The tip the stranger left sent Nicole a painfully clear message. The past is no longer in the past.

Nicole is fighting to bury the memories. Someone else is fighting to keep them exposed.

Detective Daniel Grey is back in town, and diner owner Nicole Hunter isn’t sure how she feels about that. It’s been almost seven years, and now she doesn’t just have herself to think about but her six-year-old son as well. If she does find the courage to take a chance on love, her heart could be smashed into pieces. Again.

And it’s not only her heart that is in danger. Someone is working hard to disrupt her present with reminders of the past she has worked hard to forget, especially her darkest memory—of the night her husband was gunned down in the street in front of her. As much as she might want to push Daniel away, Nicole needs him closer now than ever before.

But the one she trusts to keep her and her son safe has a secret that may prove to be the biggest threat of all.

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Sara Davison is the author of the romantic suspense novel, The Watcher, and the romantic suspense series, The Seven Trilogy and The Night Guardians. She has been a finalist for eight national writing awards, including Best New Canadian Christian author, a Carol Award, and two Daphne du Maurier Awards for Excellence in Mystery/Suspense. She is a Word and Cascade Award winner. She currently resides in Ontario, Canada with her husband Michael and their three children, all of whom she (literally) looks up to. Get to know Sara better at www.saradavison.org and @sarajdavison.

7 comments:

  1. Thanks for visiting, Sara! Writing buddies make all the difference on this sometimes very tough journey. They encourage us and celebrate with us while we each give each other writing input. Such a gift!

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    1. Thank you for inviting me, Annette, and for spotlighting Guarded. Helping promote each other's work, knowing that we are not in competition with each other but are all working for the glory of God, is another way to extend community to each other, so thank you!

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  2. I am thankful I am not alone in writing. God is there first and then, my family encourages me. Friends and other writers are great encouragers, too. I appreciate the wisdom and guidance of my mentor. :-)

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  3. Yes, we do type alone but certainly can't get to the final product alone. I love the power of community. Each week for up to two hours I talk to my amazing craft partner who is able to see objectively into my current WIP who cheers for my characters to finally be released into the world. Great post!

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    1. Thank you, Mary. I couldn't agree more about the power of community.

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  4. Great post, Sara! I agree, Mosaic was one of the best decisions I've made! I love our little writing community!

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