Monday, November 29, 2010
The Slower Plan
I’ve always been on the two-year plan. Graduate college, meet a man and marry him. Get a good job in my career, work awhile, get pregnant and build a home.
Check. Check. Check. I accomplished each but not exactly in that time frame. The getting pregnant part took a few years longer. It was one of the first times in my life I was forced to slow down my expectations. Sort of like jumping off of the high speed train for the sailboat.
Sometimes God does that to teach me to be more appreciative.
Sometimes it is to teach me to be more humble—reminding me that it isn’t all about me.
I’ve learned that principle again with my writing. I’ve always written with a self-imposed deadline—certain that I needed to be fast to be a good writer. Pump a book out in six months, submit and start again.
As I work on this current project, I’ve found that fast is not the best way for me. The more I let my thoughts linger on the plot, the better it comes together.
My plans and intentions are not always from God. But I want this novel to be. And that means more time spent in prayer about it.
It feels good to be taking the slower route on this book. I’m actually liking the story more and making some major revisions as I go.
No. Two-year plans are a thing of the past. Today I’m waiting on God’s plan.
How about you? Are you on the train or sailing those waves?