Having just completed my next book, Dangerous Ground, I’m extremely aware of what goes into writing a novel.
Usually the beginning is the easiest.
An idea grabs me, and my creative instincts take over, spinning a new tale with ever-evolving characters. It’s fun to get to know the players and see what they will do as the story unfolds. I also typically have a general idea of what the goal is, and therefore, what the ending will be.
But then, there’s the middle.
Ask any author, and they will tell you the dreaded middle is where we aren’t sure how it will all fit together, and whether the ending will actually play out, This is when we question our ability and desire to be a writer in the first place.
Recently, one of our pastors shared a message about having faith for the middle.
God often gives us a vision of what is to come in the future. He tells us where to start, and as we say yes to him, we’re launched into something we know will be great.
But then, the middle comes.
We don’t see the point, we’ve lost sight of the goal and we’re tired. And maybe confused. Things don’t look like we expected. As a matter of fact, they may even seem to be moving backwards.
Our pastor made some really great points about how to keep our hearts and minds in the right place when we’re in that middle space.
- Don’t allow our feelings to determine our faith.
- Don’t put our faith in things or circumstances.
- Trust that God has a greater purpose while we’re in the middle.
I could relate to the idea of God working in the middle. That’s the messiest part. That’s the place where I fall in love with Jesus because I have to press close to him to get through. (You can watch his entire message here.)
Like in writing a book, the middle is where all the action is. It’s where the characters fall in love or start to see a solution to the crime. And that’s where we perfect the story.
In the middle, the story’s not finished yet.
Maybe you are in the middle of a story in your life. I know I am. It may feel like it will never end or certainly never end satisfactorily. But with God, there is always a good ending. Don’t give up while he’s writing the middle of your story.
I made it through the middle of Dangerous Ground, and while it didn’t exactly turn out the way I expected, I think it ended up being better.
Here’s a sneak peak of the cover. Thank you, CulpritMedia Group!
3 thoughts on “My Story’s Not Finished Yet”
Great analogy, Laura! It’s so true – that faithfulness and perseverance in the middle of God’s calling can be difficult. But it will be worth it!
And my novel didn’t turn out as I expected it to, either. Now I’m revising since some of the characters developed in different ways than I thought they would. Haha!
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Characters have a mind of their own, don’t they? Sometimes they feel real!!
Excited for you for publishing another novel, Laura. That’s no small feat!