Wednesday, May 21, 2008

The Editing Goes On and On…

You all must think I’m a bad blog friend. I’m so sorry that I haven’t been around. Besides being knee deep in edits for my book, I’ve been a very busy pastor’s wife. Church activities have been plentiful.

I have learned so much about myself during this time of editing. I’ve learned that I’m okay with my imperfections. I’m okay with the suggestions Lauren (my editor) has made. I’ve come to trust her. I'm okay with not making some changes (I was very unsure of myself).

When I write, I wait. I wait for inspiration. I sit in front of computer and I pray. That’s how I wrote my book. I had an idea – just a beginning and an ending. The middle was very fuzzy. So I waited and the inspiration flowed. I’m grateful for all that God breathed into me.

So when editing my words, I continue to ask Him for His inspiration. I’ve learned that it’s where I’m most comfortable – in His hands.

I’m hopeful that the changes being made will make the story sharper. I’m excited by this process. I’ve learned that if I’m willing not to hold on too tightly to what I have, then I will gain more than expected.

I can’t wait for the next step – graphic design.

Thank you all for your support.

© Nadine Z. 2008

27 comments:

Strider said...

Is this the "gangster" type book, or have you written another one?

It's All Good! said...

I've never had the talent to write, as in a whole book...so I admire your ability to do so. Sounds like lots of fun but stressful as well. Keep up the good work!
God bless,
Brenda

A Woman Who is: said...

Congratulations on how far you have already come in this process of writing a book. I think you’re amazing, and getting this far is pretty darn cool!

It will be very interesting to see what you do with your graphics.

Keep enjoying the journey

Dawn said...

I have never been able to do fiction, even short stories. I just don't have that type of creativity. I admire those who can!

Thanks for stopping by - I haven't been around much this past week either. I'm pretty immersed in trying to get my job wound down, and dealing with this incredible family crisis. Thank you for praying for the unknown!

Sandy said...

Wow, Nadine, you must be so excited about the progress you are making! Congrats and GO GIRL! To the very end!

Sand

CC said...

Wow! congrats1 I could never do all that work!!

I have a question: how did you make that bloglist with the times updated and the "show all". I want mine to look more like that! Thanks for your help!

Penless Thoughts said...

How exciting, Nadine, and I am so delighted for you. Yes, hanging on is so true in all areas of our lives. Jesus wants us to let go!!!Letting go of self (dying to self) is the ultimate goal toward which He is moving us all.
Susan

Shionge said...

Hiya Nadine, don't feel bad about not visiting sometimes you just need some priorities that's all.

I am so happy that you are inspired to carry on with the editing. With your strong faith and positive vibes I'm sure it is going to be a success and I know you always in HIS safe hand :D

Louise said...

LOVE THat... you are an inspiration!!
Keep on going girl it will be worth it all in the end!!
HUGS to yoU!!

Dawn said...

Thank you for your support!

eph2810 said...

I am so glad that your editing is going so well :)
As I was reading through your post, I was reminded that I hold on to things that I shouldn't...but I am...Thank you for the reminder to give everything to Him...

Chappyswife said...

How very exciting! I am glad it is going good for you, Nadine.

I'm afraid I haven't been a very good blog friend lately either. I've been reading a lot when I get a minute, but rarely commenting.

I desperately need to do 2 book reviews, but haven't made the time to sit & do it. I've really been concentrating on the house that has gotten away from me.

Enjoy this wonderful experience & know that we are jealous! :0)

KarenW said...

You've been better about visiting than I have. Life's busy but exciting!

palmtreefanatic said...

Blessings to you Nadine! I am so happy for you, you are doing amazing work!

Damselfly said...

You know the old saying, behind every great writer are a bunch of blog friends cheering her on!

Actually, I just made that up.

Jill@Who Could Ask for Anything More said...

Been thinking of you...glad to hea the editing is coming along. Take care and God Bless!

Scarlet said...

This is really falling into place for you...congratulations! I can't wait to see the finished product!

Graphic Design...how fun! Enjoy the process.

Tammy said...

I am so excited for you in this process, Nadine...
I have a book that is nearly finished but for three years has remained unfinished...it's my ending that is fuzzy! I have been feeling very guilty about not finishing... Yet because my kids are young and I'm homeschooling, I know this is a season of my life where my focus is on them. But perhaps this summer when we're taking a break, I will sit down with it and God will help me finally give it an ending.

Nadine, you are to be commended for how diligent you've been...and now you are at the finish line!
Of course we understand if you're not around as much...(although we miss you!)

Keep up the great work! :D

PinksandBluesGirls said...

I am so excited for you!! You are an inspiration Nadine!! Thinking of you!!
- Audrey

Elle*Bee said...

Very exciting about your book!

david santos said...

Very nice, Nadine, very nice!
have a nice weekend

Toby Parsons said...

Oh Nadine, please never fret about being a bad blog friend. You have always amazed me at how you manage to keep up with it all. :)

I'm so happy for you that you are in this editing process. That brings you that much nearer to completion! :)

I am proud of you for all of your efforts as well! I mean that! :)

Have a truly wonderful day!!! :)

chelle said...

It is nice to read an update on your progress. I imagine the process is so demanding of oneself! I am glad it it is going so well for you :)

Debz said...

Sounds like your making progress. That's encouraging.
I too have been a terrible blog friend, life just got really busy all of a sudden.
Blessings on your weekend

elizabeth embracing life said...

Nadine, I love the continued progress on your book and how you are working your way through it. A great glimpse into how God is truly growing you. Thanks for sharing sister!

Ann(ie) said...

I'm so impressed by your diligence and progress! I've been buried, too but with dumb stuff, nothing even as close to exciting as what you've got going on. Happy Long weekend. xo.

jennifer said...

Nadine, I truly admire you. It is a quiet desire in my heart to one day write a book. Hearing from you, following your progress, has been an inspiration to me. Especially knowing that PRAYER has been a great part of the process.

I continue to offer you my love, encouragement, and support. I have Faith that God will bless this project, because you stepped out in FAITH IN HIM to do it.

Be blessed!

Jennifer