The Process of Writing
The Process of Writing
The Process of Writing
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision and make it plain on tablets,
That he may run who reads it.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time;
Bar at the end it will speak, and it will not lie.
Though it tarries, wait for it;
Because it will surely come,
It will not tarry.
There are three points to work to the process of writing. 1. Write the Vision, 2. Make it plain and 3. Wait for the appointed time.
Write the vision
Every book has a vision for an appointed time. I had just finished watching the God channel. A well known preacher had just produced her new book, when I said to the Lord ‘what next?’ It was the school summer holidays and I did not know what to do. I had been in Christ about a year and with six small children, I could not do much. As I sat on my sofa a vision of a book appeared in front of me. On the cover was the title ‘From Darkness to Light’ with my name on. I could see the image of the cover and knew there and then the Lord wanted me to write a book. ‘But I don’t have a computer. N’ ‘never mind,’ I thought ‘God knows.’ Going to my Christian neighbour’s, to collect my twin daughters, I could hardly contain my excitement. ‘You can borrow my computer,’ she said as I explained what the Lord has shown me. I couldn’t believe it everything seemed to be falling into place. Now I had the computer I had to write the vision. The vision being what the books aim was. What was its purpose, which was how I, as a black female overcome my battles with domestic violence, drugs, prejudice and spiritual forces in Christ and to testify that Jesus is the Christ and He is the God of all nations. In writing my story, I would fulfil the vision of the book that I could see in the spirit.
Make it plain
Writing my story initially was easy. The Holy Spirit would wake me even in the night to give snippets of it to me. He brought everything to remembrance. I felt I had the permission to write what I wanted even if it was in anger for all the things that had been done to me. As I re-lived my life I became more whole again. It took around six weeks for me to write out my life story as I typed constantly, morning, noon and night. I just could not stop typing. Then the crunch came. After giving it to a couple of people to read, who said it was fine, I gave my book to a pastor friend of mine to read as he had published a book. He took great care of it to the point of binding it for me. And he told me the truth! I had to make my vision clear. I needed to stick to the aim and the purpose of the book. He told me I had too many characters. I needed to have main characters and have conversations between them in my story. I needed to decide what was relevant and what wasn’t and I needed to make it flow by keeping to the point. I am most grateful to him as later when I read back what I had written it was unreadable and I could have done a lot of people damage.
I edited my story ten times. I took out all the irrelevant details and characters and added a bit more creativity to it in order to make my story interesting. I wanted the reader to hear my voice as I took them through the journey of darkness and then into the light. On the ninth attempt, I met an ex Sunday school teacher of mine who helped edit my book for the last time and on the tenth occasion, I re-edited it myself again and put it in the correct format. In writing my story I had to make sure the names were changed. I went through a lot of frustration trying to make my story plain for the reader. I had to make it readable to all cultures so that anyone could pick it up and read it. In doing so when editing it, the reader was on my mind.
The appointed time
It took seven years for my book to come into publication. Each year from the year I began to write my book, I kept telling everyone it would be out the following year. This was contrary to what the Lord was telling me. The lord kept saying, ‘It will be launched at the same time as your ministry.’ I had been called to set up and Pastor a Church and the vision of the Church was far away. So at times I felt like ripping my book up and forgetting all about it. I even tried to getting publishers to publish it, but to no avail. Until, frustrated, I surrender ‘From Darkness Light,’ to the lord, trusting the word He had given me. He knows when we are ready and the timing for all that He has given us. In October 2008, ‘From Darkness to Light’ was launched. And at the same time as the ministry the Lord had given me which was launched in July 2008 of that year. The book with the same cover which I saw in the vision in 2001 was now a reality. I did not pay for the book to be published. God showed me the way to self-publish and the publishers who I published with, had the book cover on offer for free, which was in the vision. The appointed time had now come. Praise God.
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