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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: The Writer in Me
By D.A. Urnosky


When my wife and I married, we had our dreams and expectations of the future, like any typical newlywed couple. We worked hard, bought our first home, and welcomed the birth of our first son. Our travel down the yellow brick road ended abruptly weeks shy of the birth of our second son, when our first son was diagnosed with autism. Three years later, our second son would also be diagnosed on the autistic spectrum.

I thought of my aunt who went to see her priest after the birth of her downs-syndrome baby. He told her that she must be a remarkable woman that God would trust her with the care of one of his special children. I took my turns at feeding, burping, bathing and changing diapers, but I never felt that qualified me for remarkable status. My wife is the saint in our family.

Dealing with two special needs boys on a daily basis can be taxing. There are no manuals or experts to tell you what to do. It is all learn as you go. Each day brings a new challenge to conquer or the same challenge to conquer again. Patience is tried and sometimes loses the battle. Most days I feel overwhelmed with responsibility and frustrated with the lack of answers. My sons are now 13 and 9. I love them with all my heart and wouldn’t trade them for ‘normal’ models under any circumstance. Normality, at best, is vague. But somewhere along the way, I traded myself.

I switched jobs and moved my family to another state. I thought the change would help fulfill the emptiness I felt inside. It didn’t. Things actually worsened. The support system disappeared with the people we left behind. The stress level reached new heights.

And that is when I began to write.

After the boys were asleep and my wife was at class, I would slip into my own world where I controlled every aspect of life. I wrote about what I knew best, my childhood, and incorporated two of my favorite pastimes, reading suspense novels and watching religious genre movies.

All the characters I knew personally. Some of the storyline occurred in an unembellished form. Places I have lived and visited were included. I enjoyed my excursions back into the 1960’s. The longer I wrote, the more I realized how peaceful I felt and the void slowly disappeared. My wife was my sounding board and my stool pigeon. I could make her very angry when I would sneak up on her and rip open the shower curtain to write down the expression on her face, her body movement and the sound of her scream, ala Psycho.

At times, I felt as if God moved my fingers across the keyboard. Pieces of the jigsaw puzzle I created fell into place perfectly. After two years of writing and re-writing, I had completed a book. The first project of this magnitude I attempted and finished. I was overcome with emotion and the sense of accomplishment.

With encouragement, I had my book published by a small publishing company. I wanted to share with others the enjoyment I had in writing the book hoping that they would enjoy reading the novel as well. I never expected the novel to be a bestseller or read by a wide audience. I still get a tingle down my back when I look at the cover and see my name on the bottom knowing that it was my imagination that created this story.

A few months after publication, I joined FaithWriters, not only to work on my skills but to communicate with people like me…and especially to write.

Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. Phillipians 4:11 (NLT)

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Esther Phillips05/20/10
I can see why you have a successful book. I enjoyed your writing.
Mildred Sheldon05/20/10
What a story. I enjoyed this very much. We serve an amazing God who through His leading brings us to where He wants us. Keep writing from the heart.
AnneRene' Capp05/21/10
After reading this and having a great lol moment, just wanted to meet your wife...God Bless her!!

This was openly touching as well. Good Job!
Caitlyn Meissner05/22/10
Thank you for your testimony. I liked this story a lot, and I'm glad you got to fulfill your dream of being a writer.
Kate Oliver Webb 05/22/10
Great writing: it drew me in, kept me reading, led me through decades to a wonderful career. Congratulations and kudos on a wonderful piece -- and a wonderful wife!
Amanda Brogan05/23/10
Had to laugh at the thought of you ripping back the shower curtain and making your wife scream! :D What a way to get accurate descriptions. . .

I can relate to the "jigsaw puzzle feeling." Probably all Christian writers can feel it when they rely on Him to give them what they need to write. How He flows the story through our fingertips and it feels as if it's no longer us writing . . . and it probably isn't. ;)

Congrats on your book! You have a great writing style. Hope you have many more bestsellers.
Edmond Ng 05/25/10
The wonders of writing that can tame a troubled soul, dispelling emptiness and bringing calm to one whose patience is constantly challenged. Thank you for sharing candidly your experience. The Lord bless you and your family.
Patsy Hallum06/10/10
Two special needs children, a job, wife that works and you still find time to write a book? Remarkable. God surely blessed you. Thank You.