Everyday, when I'm driving or just thinking, I can't help but just think about new ideas for the books I want to write. Last night, God totally provided like 10 new girls to be in my small group, and I was worried that no one would want to be in it. My small group is going to focus on "broken families" as well as other stuff, but that's what God has been laying on my heart big time. I really feel like He has taken me to a new level in my healing process, in my relationships, in my body's health, and the one that excites me the most is that I just feel like writing ALL THE TIME. I have so much I want to pour out onto paper!! Spending time in the word just excites me to share what he's teaching me, and it hasn't always been that way. It used to just be a "me" mindset. What can I get out of this today? Rather than "God, what do you have for me to learn so I can teach? What can I do for you?" And...trust me...I'm not finished learning this.
I'm going to submit a short story to Jodi Picult's contest in Good Housekeeping magazine and see what happens. That one has to be about something that relates to women today. I'm thinking broken families would probably apply to a lot of people. Jodi Picoult's stuff is really raw and real, so since she is judging I don't want a mushy gushy topic. I don't even care if I win, but I just love that GOd is bringing things to my attention and pushing me out of my comfort zone. I really needed to have an explosion of ideas, because writing isn't just the easiest thing to start doing on your few hours off each week.
I also need to get memorizing...because on my goals for 2009, memorizing a book of the Bible was one of them!! It's going to be either James, Ephesians, or Galations. I've already started Galations and Ephesians, but James has so much stuff that just speaks right to me!! I'll keep it updated.
Check this out. Olivia Ryan is already an acclaimed British author!!...but do you want to know the biggest BS of this story? Her real name is SHEILA NORTON!!! DON'T take my real name for your pen name, you jerk. I guess I'll just have to be Liv Ryan. No bitterness here...lol.
Have a great day everyone. Any ideas for the women's article is appreciated!! Here's the link: http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/family/real/short-story-contest.