Last week, I sent out my new short story, “The Promise” to family and friends. It took me about four days to actually push the send button. I was worried about sending it out because I was sharing my faith openingly, something I haven’t done before, and I was sharing unedited work. I was taking a piece of work that I was emotionally connected to and putting it out there to be judged. That is not easy to do.
After I sent it, I raced back and forth to the computer all day looking for feedback. I was a full-blown nervous wreck by the end of the day. Who would read it? What would they say? Is this story as good as I think it is? Am I delusional? The roller coaster ride was nauseating.
There were some real surprises for me, both good and bad. I had sent it to about 100 people. There were some who I would bet my life would read it and be the first to respond. Some of them have yet to respond at all. There are some I debated to send it to that responded on the first day and were deeply touched by the story. That was definitely a life lesson for me. You don’t know the outcome until you push the send button.
When I sent this out I had this notion that I would have an huge response and my audience would be clambering for more. I don’t know why. I just had such an immediate emotional reaction after writing the story that I thought everyone would. This would be the delusional part. Why do we set ourselves up for disappointment? The reaction I got, by anyone’s standards, was great. Yet, I was yearning for more. It took me all week to begin to appreciate what others were experiencing and that they wanted to go on this journey with me. I am now so grateful for them. We live such busy lives and for anyone to give part of their precious time to me for my project is worthy of celebration. I wanted to have at least ten people respond and be a part of the group and I got many more than that. I am still getting requests to have it sent to friends of friends. It was a success.
I think part of my desire to reach a lot of people quickly was I wanted them to feel the hope in the story. I wanted them to get it was going to be okay. I wanted them to understand some of the questions they had for God do have an answer. These are my answers but they could resonate with others. We need to know God is here and that is hard to do when life brings challenges and He seems to disappear. I wanted to share my struggles and questions so the reader could know that they are not alone and that everyone has questions. That is the point of all of this. That is my purpose in all of this.
So, first week is over. I have a great group of people who are participating in turning this story into a book. I am sure more will come aboard. I am going to send out the first assignment today. I am trying to determine the time line for the start of the book. My group will have a say in how that will happen. I am excited to write this time with some company. The writing of “Lessons from the Depression” was very lonely. It is going to be an interesting journey.
Here is some feedback I got last week on the short story:
I feel like I am eavesdropping on a conversation when I am reading it…very realistically written. Well done!
OMG Darlene, thats is awesome! it really gave me goose bumps and certainly touched my heart……its certainly covers our own questions to God……i cannot explain my total reaction to your story…..
OOH I am crying and laughing Darlene. I love reading it. Please keep going with this. It is lovely. I could feel my connection to God and the safe feeling of faith that I am never alone.
Wow! Passionate, energetic and fun to read…. I didn’t want it to end! I’m looking forward to the rest
Hi Darlene, it was an awesome story and one I think every person can identify with.
Good for you. I’m not sure if you’ve ever read “The Purpose”, but this feels like a fictional version of that.
Darlene this is wonderful!!! The heavens rejoice.
wow, what a perfect time for you to be writing this book…I enjoyed the first read, I am looking forward to Sam’s jouney.
I believe God is in your path every moment of the day and is watching out for you. This writing will help you heal and be a great success as you perceive it. It is obviously done for the love you have for God and for the love you have for self and others.
I just read “The Promise” and love it…looking forward to the journey with you
Thank you for stepping through your fears to allow your light to shine 🙂
I will let you know what the feedback is on the time line and how my week went. What an interesting journey I am on and I would like to again thank all of you who are in it with me.
May the LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.