Hello Friends, today I am thrilled to have my friend, Charity, guest post on CC. I met Charity in my Compel writing group. She is a wife, a mama, author, blogger, and lives on a farm. A girl after my own heart. Please give a big welcome to Charity.
I am without a doubt a lover of literature, fiction, and the imagination. I started writing when I was in junior high as a way to do my daily devotionals. Then I began writing poetry. It has always been an outlet for me that great with every year. When it came time in college to decide what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, it was easy for me. Writing.
I began blogging about life and faith just as a hobby. It quickly turned into a ministry to reach out to people who were struggling in the same ways I was. God allowed me to connect with people I’d never met but could help encourage. My promise is to always be transparent about my life and the life I want to live.
It has always been a dream of mine to write a book and I’m drawn to fiction. My excuse was always that I didn’t have time and we never seemed to slow down. I became a stay-at-home mom in 2016 for our two young boys. A few months after that I broke my ankle. Well, that obviously causes you to slow down and God stirred in my heart that it was the perfect time to write. So, I did.
It was the most challenging and rewarding experience of my life. You learn a whole lot about yourself when you spend an unmeasurable amount of time in your own head. It was also the most humbling experience. I am a perfectionist. In college, it made my projects very stressful. I remember handing over my final project, that was the make or break in getting my degree, and my hands were shaking as my advisor took it. I waited until the very last second to give it to him because I wanted it to be just right. You can ask my husband and he will tell you how crazy I am about it. J
Once I poured myself into my very first manuscript, I sent it off to an editor. It took a lot of work to find an editor that I felt comfortable with but God soon gave me a peace about this one in particular. When I got my manuscript back that first time, it crushed me. She was amazing and gave me such good advice and encouragement but it didn’t stop the sting. It needed a lot of work, more than I would like to admit. I had a lot of doubt and questioned if being an author was even something I could actually do. So, I went to work with her notes and changed the story dramatically. When I read through it the first time after the changes, I had to accept that it was much better. It was stressful at times and I often felt like I would never finish it. Every time I opened the document, I would find something to change in it. Which can drive you crazy! I didn’t even look at it for two weeks before I self-published it.
If I could share one thing that God taught me through writing my first book it would be this: it doesn’t have to be perfect to be amazing.
If I give 100% to something that God has placed on my heart, then He will take care of the rest. The result doesn’t matter.
Will there be people who find it lacking? Yes. Will there be people who find errors? Yes. Will there be people who don’t like the plot progression? Yes. And you know what? I’m ok with that. If my story has touched even one person’s heart, then it was all worth it.
I published my first book in June of 2017. It’s still surreal to see my name printed on the cover of a book!!! I want to write about characters who are flawed, honest and in desperate need of redemption. All I can say is that I feel immensely blessed to have been given the opportunity to do something I love. God is so faithful.
With love, Charity Christy