Write the Book: A Quote

If you don’t see the book you want on the shelf, write it.” ~Beverly Cleary

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Many Great Authors began their writing careers in meeting their own imaginative and literary need. Perhaps that ‘book’ you crave to read, but can’t seem to find, rest deep within the soil of your imagination. Perhaps it’s time you begin to bring it to light! Write the book!

*This was originally shared December 18th, 2015, formerly titled “Write the Book.” In the weeks before NaNoWriMo 2016, I think this was worth the re-post! Write the book, folks.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

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Waiting Like Bamboo: Learning to Take Life One Step at a Time

I’ve been asked by several people I know ‘what is your plan?’ They ask because they know my dreams. They ask because they have seen my struggle, and from their vantage point and sometimes even my own, it seems like nothing fruitful is happening.

That seeming reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

I once heard Joyce Meyer talking about growth and waiting on God. She talked about how she’d learned bamboo shoots, once planted, will spend up to five years growing deep roots before actually breaking through the surface. But once they break through they can grow a foot in a matter of hours.

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” ~Psalm 119:105 

That teaching was so encouraging but the reality is, nobody really wants to wait like bamboo. We want the deep roots TODAY and the foot-by-the-hour growth TODAY.

All of this makes me think about the deceiving phrase of ‘overnight success.’ Again, one sees bamboo stretching to the sky in a matter of hours and they are led to think that its always been that way.

They have no idea the long dark pressing that the roots endured digging deeper into the earth, where no one sees, where no one gives applause, just so when the day comes for their shoots to literaly shoot toward the sky, they have roots deep enough to support the seemingly sudden progress.

I know that over the years I’ve made progress. I know this because of the evidence of the dirt beneath my fingernails and the scent of soil in my hair. I know this because my mind is still set on my goals and I have the sweat stains to prove that I’ve been working, even if only me, myself, the Lord Yeshua Jesus and the dark, are the only ones who know it.

 The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.” ~Psalms 37:23

I can honestly say that now I feel as if my head is moving about in the upward soil now, that the heat of the sun is kissing my crown. I know that soon I will break through the surface and shoot toward what I’ve been working for all these many years.

I just don’t know when, exactly, the breaking through moment will happen. I just know it is near.

So when people ask me while ignoring the smell of the labor on my skin or the dirt on my face, what is my plan, my answer is, to simply to trust where Yeshua Jesus shines the light on the darkness and there, take the step that is set before me.

That is my plan. Take the next step toward breaking through.

~Poeima, Poetry in Motion

It takes time to be a success, but time is all it takes.

~Unknown

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WHAT WE DESIRE IN THIS LIFE, WHAT WE AIM TO ACHIEVE, IF IT IS TRULY A WORTHY AND HONEST ENDEAVOR IT IS WORTH THE TIME IT TAKES TO MAKE IT MANIFEST. DON’T ALLOW THE PROGRESS OF OTHERS TO DISCOURAGE YOU IN YOUR JOURNEY. YOU ARE IN A RACE AGAINST ONLY ONE PERSON; YOURSELF. THE PRIZE AT THE END OF THIS RACE IS HAVING ACHIEVED YOUR HIGHEST POTENTIAL. THIS CROWN ONLY FITS YOUR HEAD. THE CHOICE IS YOURS, TIME IS IN YOUR HANDS. DETERMINE TO TAKE ONE STEP AT A TIME. ~CANDICE

Taking Hold of Greatness: A Word of Creative Encouragement

Sometimes doing great work means taking several steps backward.”~Candice Coates

I don’t know of a single human being throughout the span of time who has not desired some level of success and greatness. 

I am not talking about the greatness that world conquers sought, the empty success that only leaves you with an insatiable high for more in all the wrong ways, the kind that leaves victims wounded, and bloodied in your wake.

I am talking about the great work of authentic meaning and self-expression. I am talking about that work that comes from an honest and sincere heart, that one that you can whisper to God with a smile and say, “We did good, eh?”

Be it your art, your writing, your marriage, your conquering of the daily grind whereas you force yourself to say “This is the day the Lord has made, and I will rejoice and be glad in it! I will do well today no matter the odds, no matter the discomfort.” This is the great work I speak about.

It cost. It takes time. But it is worth it.

As a writer, one of my greatest desires is to be published, to share the fruits of my imagination with others. Sometimes I get so eager to share, the desire to forgo proper editing and revisions tempts me with an itch that I can hardly bear not to scratch.

Editing takes time, sometimes that time is spent in rewriting one’s “masterpiece,” completely…this is taking several steps back. The finish line that was only a few strides ahead now seems so far away.

One moment, you believe you are finished with your work only to realize you have to go back to the starting line, or close to it, in order to actually achieve the goal you were aiming for.

The beauty of taking these steps back lay in the wisdom that was gleaned from the firs attempt, your dry run. Taking steps back and aiming for the mark a second time lends you an advantage you did not have before.

When we aim the second time we know how to consider the ‘winds’ around us because we have learned to consider them.

Greatness is worth every detour. It is worth every tear. It is worth all the strain.

Take your steps, step back if you must, but continue to move forward. Greatness is just ahead.

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!