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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: Life in the Chair


Life in the Chair

Good morning Lord. I'm so excited. Last night I put my first piece on Faith Writer's. Maybe someone will read and critique it for me? Climbing out of bed I push the blue button and hear the familiar sound as my computer boots up.

Getting ready for the day is first on my agenda. Experience tells me that once I get engrossed at my computer it's hard to walk away. Time sure flies when you're having fun.

After gulping down a bowl of Peaches and Cream Oatmeal, I grab a second cup of coffee, settle in my Lazy Boy and put my feet up. The cardinals are singing as they fly back and forth from the pine trees to the feeder. The water fountain just turned on in the pond right outside my window. The sun is coming up and the sky is glowing in many gorgeous shades of my favorite red.

While enjoying God's beauty I have my quiet time with Him. Before sitting down to write I ask God to give me the words He wants me to write. So far, He's given me enough words to re-write my entire book over a dozen times. But for every re-write, I shouldn't complain, I only like it better.

Wow, someone did a critique on my piece! Well, ya, I can make that change. Huh, how could I have missed that? Too many commas? That's an easy fix. But, they said it was a good piece and it really spoke to their heart. Oh, the joys of writing. To be able to use the the gift that God, hopefully, gave me to help someone else. After taking their suggestions I re-write the piece, and I do like it much better now.

Oh, it can't be lunch time already? Running to the kitchen I grab a piece of cheese and fix myself a Dark Chocolate Instant Breakfast. This should hold me for awhile.

I'm still working on a book I've been writing, mostly re-writing, for over two years. Lets see, where's my list? Every time I roll over during the night it seems like I get a new idea that I have to jot down. Hopefully, I can read my writing, since it was scribbled on a notepad, in the dark.

Before getting to work on my book I read my words from yesterday. Did I write that? I'm pleasantly surprised by some of it, it's pretty good.

And I need to print out some copies of this chapter to take for writing group later. Wow, I learn so much from all of them, wonder how they'd like some cookies tonight? And it's great meeting new friends who all love writing just as much as I do. Some of them are published authors. Maybe there's even hope for me?

Boy, I'm starving, it's suppertime already? I run and throw a Healthy Choice special in the microwave. It's a good thing I live alone, or else I may not be able to get away with this.

Okay, I'm ready to make friends with my office chair again. Where did I put my latest notes?

So, after letting the dust go as long as I reasonably can, and using any and all spare moments, my book is finally finished. Family congratulate me and ask,

“When will the money start rolling in?”

My main reason for writing a book is not money, although I won't mind if that happens. But I think I have a story to tell that will help others and all I have to do now is get it into their hands. But first, I'm so emotionally drained that I need to take some time off.

Not to sit for hours at my computer, I'm lost, what did I do before writing? The hard part is finished, but I miss writing more than words can say.

That's enough time off. My book must get into the hands of the waiting public. Even though they may not know it yet, they need it.

So, it's back in my comfy chair, doing a search on how to publish a book.

My search is bringing up a lot of new words. What's a Query? What's a synopsis?
And this sounds ominous, A Book Proposal?

“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.”

11 Corinthians 10:31

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AnneRene' Capp05/20/10
(Even though they may not know it yet, they need it.)....Loved this and it made me chuckle! They're my sentiments, exactly:)

I saw a lot of me in your thought processes of your daily life in writing, as I am sure, will others. I enjoyed reading this as you painted a serene atmosphere that I found soothing. Especially liked the scripture you ended with!
Dusti (Bramlage) Zarse05/21/10
Believable, relatable, humorous. Good job!
Mildred Sheldon05/21/10
Loved the title and the article fit together superbly. Sounds like myself when I'm writing. Good job.
Maria Kana Santos05/25/10
What a tremendous responsibility a Christian writer has! And to handle the Word with care and reverence. "The Word of God is a lamp unto our feet, and a light to our path." What you've written has helped me see where I must draw my writing-heart from, and for what purpose. You've expressed your thoughts well. Be encouraged, fellow writer!