My writing journey began *cough* years ago when I loved writing stories at school and was told that I was good at it. This journey's destination though is completely up in the air right now.
When I mention to other people that I’m trying to become
a writer, at least 90% of them say that they‘ve always wanted to write a book
too and would still like to…one day.
Can I actually succeed in becoming a
published writer though or will I end the same way as most of these other
wannabees, looking back with just regrets or a fantasy of what might have been?
Coming back to this neglected dream happened two years
ago at Newday, an annual Christian youth event.
That year there was a strong focus in the talks and seminars on
creativity, and writing was included in that.
God had started reminding me about my long-held desire to write just
before then, but while at Newday He clearly told me to be a writer (that might
sound slightly wacky, but there you go!).
Unfortunately He didn’t tell me what sort of writer to be
or what to write, so I spent the first year faffing around waiting for more
inspiration and not really getting anywhere.
He also didn’t mention that I was still gonna have to put in some hard
work and determination, like everyone else.
Despite my best hopes, a story wasn’t going to suddenly come
supernaturally flying into my head fully formed, as Salieri alleges Mozart’s
symphonies did in my favourite play/film “Amadeus”.
So, a year later, I’m back at Newday, and at the
beginning of the first meeting, God gives me a gentle but powerful reminder of
His commission! This video is playing (make sure you view it on full-screen!), I go “wow”
and God goes “yes, words are pretty powerful, hey?!” Ah….yes…sorry, I’ll get on with this writer