you ever had a dream you
longed to bring to life so much that you’d do just about anything to
make it happen? Enough that you’d cut out most TV watching? Enough that
you’d give up hours of sleep to see what would happen?
When I first started writing in
2005, I had two young children (five and two), worked four days a week
as an attorney, and was very active in our church. Yet the fire to
write had ignited, and I tested the dream. I started plotting and
brainstorming, then I wrote. I gave myself two years to work hard and
see if I could write anything publishable.
Soon I had cut TV viewing, a
practice I’d adopted while working full time and going to law school. I
allowed myself one show a week. During law school I watched E.R.,
which came on at 10 p.m. Thursdays, the perfect time to stop the
studying and relax. It’s a practice I still have today, when I allow
myself to follow Castle.
Throughout 2005, after a
commitment to a weekly word count, what became my second published
book, Deadly Exposure, slowly grew. Then after
attending my first ACFW conference, I wrote my first published book, Canteen
Dreams, in three weeks of very late nights, and I discovered
something critical: When my passion collides with a story, the words
seven years. In April my thirteenth novel will release. Today those
late night writing hours continue. Now I have four children (ages
ranging from eleven to one), I still practice law a bit, I teach law at
a Big Ten University and a local community college, and I continue to
be involved in ACFW and our church. But much remains the same. To write
a book like A Wedding Transpires on Mackinac Island,
I have to find the
combination of a passion for the story and commitment to write set word
counts in the pockets of time around an active family.
Transpires on Mackinac Island, the setting provided a unique
escape with its step back from modern hustle and bustle to a time when
horses and bicycles provided transportation. Next a passion of mine is
exploring the ways God is with us when we can’t see Him. For Alanna,
this occurs when
life forces her to return home and confront the past
she’s avoided for eleven years. An attorney, Alana wants to avoid the
cloud of the past and a love she abandoned. When she uncovers a family
secret and an old friend is murdered, she has no choice but to confront
the past and its lies.
If writing is your dream, are
you willing to do what it takes to make room in your life to do the
work? Examine your schedule. If it’s truly important to you, you can
find pockets of time to write. Even writing 500 words five days a week
will result in a complete first draft in a year. So clear your
calendar, sit down, and write. Dreams, even writing dreams, come true.