It’s very interesting having a public platform for my everyday writing, so to speak. Usually, these things are in my personal journal. But if they’re helpful for someone else along the way, so be it.
I decided to switch up my routine (not that I really had one in the first place) and journeyed down the street to the local Starbucks to do some writing today.
Coffee shops are always a place where I feel like I can pull my laptop and go to town.
When I was living in New York City in 2014-2015, I would travel from Brooklyn to Manhattan sometimes just to be in the midst of the hustle and the bustle of the city. To me, it was this incubator for my dreams to come to life. It was exciting! Even if I didn’t see the full purpose of that season while I was living in it, I can now look back and see how much my faith grew in that place.
So, back to the coffee shop.
I think there’s something about writing in a public place that “validates” it to me for some reason.
It really shows me that this is something I’m called to.
Even if it’s in very small steps.
To be honest, I don’t ever have a game plan when I write. Sometimes I just need to release things off my heart/mind. Other times I know there’s an important message to share.
This is one of those more “random” posts.
I think the more that I’m faithful with this process of getting out of the house and writing, things will come together.
This is my sabbatical and I can choose to spend it however I’d like to!
I choose to spend it writing.
I’ve never had a full-time job as a writer.
But I’m learning that I don’t have to wait for someone to employ me to do what I love.
I can just get up and start doing it.
And that’s what I’ve been doing for the past 13 years or so. I’ve journaled consistently since middle school.
Slowly but surely, my unique voice developed.
Now, of course, I have different writing styles according to the different genres of pieces I’m writing: interviews, poetry, articles, term papers, etc.
But I know what feels right. I know when, even though I may feel a particular way about a topic, I might choose to refrain from talking about it to best reflect my brand.
I recently picked up the book, The Write Guide, by Karolyne Roberts, a woman I connected with virtually during my time in New York, funny enough.
It’s a guide filled with scriptural advice on how to birth the story that the Lord has placed on your heart to write.
To be honest with you, I’ve been trying to birth a particular piece of work for the past 5 years.
It’s no different from my 200+ clients who haven’t started their business due to analysis paralysis. It means that you’re so busy in your head that you don’t take the steps to actually make it happen!
But I’m learning to celebrate the small wins. I’ve written dozens of public articles and thousands of private entries.
Yet, we all know there’s that thing that we’ll never feel fully proud of ourselves until we actually do it. For me, it’s writing a book.
And it’s so funny. At least 10 times last year, people randomly came up to me and congratulated me for publishing my “book.” I could never really receive their affirmation and congratulations because it wasn’t the “real thing” in my opinion. It was just a short How-To Guide that my dad encouraged me to write and take a stab at publishing on Amazon.
If I really take the time to reflect on that process, it’s so much more than the digital work that was published. It’s about the steps of faith leading up to that. My guide, “How to Raise Thousands of Dollars for Your Cause while Building Your Tribe” was the result of a HUGE step of faith I took in traveling to Cameroon, Africa for my first missions trip.
I barely had any money, but I spent nearly all of it on my plane ticket and then received that back a few months later through my crowdfunding campaign. And this was all due to the support network I’d built the past 6 or so years in college and post-grad. I did an incredible amount of work to establish myself as an expert in the women’s empowerment, business development and faith-based industries.
Again: celebrate the small wins.
I turned that e-book into a class that I taught at my previous job and I continue to refer clients to it if they want my advice on fundraising.
I’ve learned that so many people want to go to the guru or the influential person for mentorship. The Oprah, the Alex Elle, the Myliek Teele, the Michelle Obama, the Heather Lindsey.
When in reality, the best thing you can do is BUY THEIR BOOK(s)! They spent hundreds of hours pouring into it. Give them the courtesy of supporting their work financially. And really digest what they’ve written. Then implement it.
I’m sure that you’d get more nuggets from digesting that book yourself than having a one-on-one counseling or mentorship session with them.
We have got to get past the point of thinking that we need a million mentors to get to where we need to be.
Now, I’m not knocking mentorship in the slightest. But I think that we tend to limit where we can go by the way that we think that we will connect with such-and-such a person.
Don’t put God in a box.
So, for now, I don’t have a “writing coach” other than Karolyne Roberts, the author of the book I’m reading. She even described herself to her readers as our “personal writing coach.”
I have some thoughts of bringing together other women writers in the area so we can hold each other accountable. I thrive off like-minded communities. I’ll keep you posted if this happens.
But for now, you guys, my faithful few subscribers, you are what keeps me going. Even if you don’t comment on the posts or shoot me a message, I know that you at least took the extra step to put your email in the box.
And that means so much!
So I want to give you content.
I want you to know that it’s okay to not have everything figured out. It’s okay to be messy. It’s okay to allow the process to take several years.
Something the Lord is placing on my spirit is this:
Just because the book hasn’t been published, doesn’t mean the story hasn’t already been written.
God is the Author and Perfecter of everything concerning His children. The Word says that every day of our lives are written in His book.
So I need to realize that I have all of the raw materials. I just have to put it together!
This blog is just a way for me to hold myself accountable.
Throwing off the cape. Throwing off the timelines and the pressure. Writing from a place of joy and creativity.
That’s what you want to read anyway, right?
So here’s to the writing process.
(If you know of any writers/creatives, please do me a favor and share this post with them!)
Until Next Time,