At the end of a great play, the crowd would cheer, “Author, author!” So what makes you an author? The dictionary states an author is somebody who writes a book or other test, for example a literary work or a report. It also describes an author as a creator or originator of something.
I love to write, but I’ve said this before, I’m not the best writer there is. I’m okay with that. Is an author a person who is published? I don’t believe so. You may disagree and that’s okay. I believe an author is a creator or originator of something. The best authors receive it from the Creator of all things. Click here for a great post on this subject. If you enjoyed the post called, Dances with Words, then you have enjoyed a favorite author of mine. She is not published . . . yet. But when she is, I can say I knew her when. She inspires me to write better stories. I’ve learned a lot from her. Just as I am inspired by her there are others that inspire her to better herself. When we think we have arrived, then we leave no room for God to teach us and bring us to new levels of inspiration and creativity.
What do we do when God gives a gift? Our responsibility is to use that gift. The more we use it, the more the gift improves. I’m much better now then when I first started writing this blog. Of course there is room for improvement.
Writing a blog has been fun. Writing a novel is different. What I love to do is tell a story. I love to allow God access to the creativity He placed in me and let the story unfold. The process looks a bit like this – I pray . . . I stare at the blank screen . . . I pray again . . . I take a deep breath and wait for God’s presence . . . then I place my hands in position on the keyboard and let the words flow.
I’ve never taken a writing course. I’ve never graduated college. My first novel is not published. I’m working on my second. Am I an author? I let you answer that question. I write because I’m compelled. It’s something that is inside me and my desire is to enhance the gift God has given me.
© Nadine Z. 2007