Today’s article is a guest post by Beloved, who’s releasing her new YA contemporary novel The Daily Life of Hailey Grace.
For Hailey Grace, birthdays suck! She hopes with all her heart that her big day passes without gifts, or even a birthday wish. But with loving parents and two witty best friends who keep her on her toes, there’s no telling what adventure Hailey Grace will be forced to explore this time. Unexpectedly, her best friend Alex challenges her to do something she’s never done before. With that comes a whole new set of rules, and another life Hailey isn’t sure she’s quite ready for. Now questioning all that she has ever believed, she takes Alex up on the dare by asking for something that no one but God can give her. Her request also comes with a twenty-four-hour deadline. As the minutes slowly but surely tick by, Hailey’s life shifts into overdrive and she wonders if she has asked for too much too soon.
My advice for aspiring writers who seek publication is to first seek God. Seek God wholeheartedly and trust Him every step of the way. Only He knows what is best for you, and how you should go about accomplishing any dream that He has placed in your heart. If we let God order our steps and direct our path, we will find what I’ve heard be referred to as a “holy ease”. Everything sort of just flows and you have peace in knowing that you’re right where you’re suppose to be. Doing exactly what you’ve been created to do. With that being said, I must take it back to Matthew 6:33:
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” (Matthew 6:33)
When seeking God becomes our priority, you can bet everything is going to fall in its place. Perhaps people think what I’m saying has little to no relevance with writing and publication, but it has absolutely everything to do with it. Before anyone sets out to write, one must know why they’re writing. What motivates you to write will sustain you during those moments that you may feel like giving up. When you are attacked with writer’s block. When you must meet a deadline that you’re not quite ready to meet. If book sales aren’t what you expected. If you didn’t quite make the bestseller list just yet. I mean the list goes on and on. But that is life for whatever you decide to do or not do. It has its challenges and we must push through them through Jesus Christ and allow Him to be our reason. Our motivation. Our passion. Our everything. Once that has been established, I would invite you to pray. PRAY, PRAY, & PRAY SOME MORE!
Prayer is an author’s must-have. In prayer you will find your story, and nobody will ever be able to tell it quite like you. In prayer (the secret place of the Most High), you will discover your characters. Quite unforgettable! Your imagination will be the stage that they make their appearance. There you will come to know them. Come to love them. The more time you spend visiting your imagination, the more authentic your story will become, and the more genuine your characters will be. In the end, the heart of your story will bleed over to the pages of your life. Then, the real story begins.
Beloved is a ministry leader and Christian Romance Author born and raised in Miami, FL. She spends much of her time studying the scriptures and has a gift for sharing the Gospel. Through her debut novel, Beloved hopes to inspire youth to seek God wholeheartedly, knowing there is nothing impossible with Him on their side!
Want to check out her novel? You can order it here!
You can also enter the giveaway below for an autographed copy and a $10 Amazon gift card!