Work in Progress

Work in ProgressThis is the last in the series of Ruth Synder’s Blog Hop. This week I’m writing about my work in progress. It’s been inspirational meeting other writers as we read and commented on each other’s blogs.  

Click on this link to read contributions from the other writers.

The Fatherless Bride

I’m writing a novel based on Ezekiel 16 ‘Jerusalem – The Unfaithful Wife’. The idea came to me as I read the passage. I felt led by The Holy Spirit to write it as a novel.

In this chapter God was speaking to Ezekiel about Jerusalem being an adulterous wife. He described the country as a baby thrown out at birth because she was detested and unwanted by her mother.

God found her thrashing about in her blood, rescued her, cleaned her off and watched her grow. He took her as His own but she betrayed Him, sacrificed her children and lived an adulterous life full of wickedness. You can read the passage to find out the rest of the story. 

My novel is titled ‘The Fatherless Bride’ and is about a beautiful young girl. Tormented by her past, she goes on a mission to find her real mother. She rebels  against her adoptive Christian parents, angry at them for keeping the dark secret about her birth. She is insecure and controlled by fear. But deals with it by using her beauty to entice men in the hope of finding love and comfort. She has an insatiable appetite for sex and will do anything to satisfy that hunger. Her journey led her on a destructive path of betrayal, unfaithfulness, child sacrifice, witchcraft, attempted suicide, turning against God, hate and anger. In the end she comes face-to-face with God. She can’t keep running and must decide whether to surrender to Him or carry on hating Him. 

I’ve written the outline and started fleshing out the story. This is my first attempt at writing a novel. I enrolled on a novel writing course by the Writers Bureau to help me.

Writing the book is challenging. But I’m enjoying it and I’m excited to see how it will turn out.

Miraculous Ladies

I started this blog in 2011 to inspire, educate, motivate and entertain women. At that time I had no idea about niches. I was just keen to start writing. But as I learnt about blogging I realised that it’s about pleasing my readers. It’s not just about writing what I like to produce.

Miraculous Ladies have become quite popular. It was read in 190 countries in 2013 and viewed over 81,000 times. I was amazed at the stats. Although it reached so many people, I haven’t got many subscribers or regular readers.

People stop by, read and go. I believe the problem is because I haven’t got a niche for it. The solution? I have to make it more focused. I’ve been writing to please everyone, but ended up pleasing only a few.

I thought about turning Miraculous Ladies into a blog for entrepreneur women over 40. But I’m still not 100% sure. I need to hear from God about the direction to take and guidance about its future.

Divine Copywriter

This is my business website. I’ve spent a lot of time tweaking it to make it more appealing to my clients. But things are not going as planned. I want to work with small businesses. But I believe God is pulling me in another direction. I’ve been thinking about this passage a lot lately. “We can make our plans. But the Lord determines our steps.” ~ Proverbs 16:9 (NLT).

So, this is where I find myself at the moment. I feel like I’m only touching the tip of the iceberg. There’s a lot more I should be doing and I know that it will all fall into place soon. I’ve enjoyed taking part in this blog hop. It’s been a great experience and I’m grateful for the people I met through it.

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Advice For a Newbie Writer

Newbie Writer

This is week 4 in our ‘Blog Hop’ and the topic is ‘Advice for Newbie Writers’. Please click on the link at the end of the post to see what other writers are saying. :-)

Writing is a joy. When I was a little girl I dreamt of becoming an author. I used to picture myself sitting down and churning out books. I thought all you had to do was sit at a computer, and turn your imagination into written words. I couldn’t wait to start writing.

Well, it didn’t quite work out that way. I’ll share my story and give you some advice as you pursue your writing dreams.

I didn’t do anything about my passion for writing for many years. Until one day, after my ex husband cheated on me.

First, I reverted into my shell. Next, I cried and wallowed in self-pity. But that didn’t help the heart ache. Continue reading

My Hero

This is the third post for Ruth Synder’s Writers’ Blog Hop. This week, it’s a character sketch about our hero. My hero is my dad. I wanted to share a little about him and how he impacted my life. 

My new life

I stared miserably through the car window. Thick grey fog danced around us. My dad’s face gazed rigidly ahead. He looked like he was getting ready to take a photograph. My mother sat solemnly beside him, mouth spiralled into a frown. Next to me in the back of the beige Morris Minor car sat my little sister. Her eyes roamed over my body like a revolving yo-yo.

‘So, this is England and my new family.’ I thought gloomily trying to fight the tears from occupying my eyes.  Continue reading

Writing Tools I Use

Writing Tools I Use3

When I saw the title of this week’s contribution, I had to stop and think. What writing tools do I use? Well, I guess it’s the ones that make my writing life productive and comfortable.

Here they are:

  • My first and most important writing tool is the Holy Spirit. He gives me wisdom and increases my knowledge. He leads me to resources to use, books to read and courses to complete to improve my writing skills. Without Him, I wouldn’t even have a talent for writing.
  • The other writing tool is my mind. I use it to come up with ideas for articles, poems or stories. It’s my most valuable tool. Without it, I wouldn’t have a clue about what to write. I thank God for blessing me with my mind, the generator of divine ideas.
  • f.Lux is a fantastic tool I use to get rid of the computer glare when I’m writing. It adjusts to natural light. It’s bright in the day and turns into a warm relaxing colour at nights. It makes it easy on the eyes, especially if you use your computer well into the night, like me. Continue reading

How to Combat Loneliness as a New Mum

How to Combat Loneliness as a Mum

Please raise your hand if loneliness have ever made you feel fed up? To make matters worse, no one understand how you feel.They think because you have a baby you shouldn’t feel lonely. 

Your friends have deserted you because you’re a mum now. Your lifestyle has changed. You don’t have much in common with them anymore. When they visit, you’re knee-deep in nappies, feeding or calming your crying baby.

You can’t go out shopping or meet up with them like you used to. Your life is centered around your new baby. You feel isolated. No one understands what you’re going through. Even when you’re with your family, you feel lonely.

They’re free. They can do what they want, when they want. Continue reading

My Writing Goals for 2014

Personal Writing Goals for 2014

I’ll need to be really focused to manage my writing goals for 2014. I’ve got a lot planned. This year is one of the first that writing will be one of my main activities, apart from spending time with God. I’ve got a passion for writing, but I’ll need to turn that passion into writing energy in 2014.

2013 was an eventful year for me. I gave up my teaching job to become a full-time freelance copywriter. I did it because it was what God instructed me to do. I’m now a freelance copywriter. So I’ll be doing lots of writing this year, especially if I want to make money to pay the bills. :-)

Below are my writing goals for 2014: Continue reading

10 Inspirational Quotes to Encourage You

 

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What do you do when your spirit needs a lift but there’s no one around to encourage you?  You probably feel heavy, frustrated and burdened by the pressures of life.

What makes it worse is when you can’t get a hug when you need one. Or a shoulder to cry on when you just have to let the tears out.

So what do you do?

When I’m in that place, I cry out to God. I pour out my heart to Him. I ask Him to take away the burden that’s dragging me down. That’s when I also remember Jesus saying, “Cast all your burdens on me because I care for you.” 1 Peter 5:7.

Those words are so reassuring.

Today I want to share some inspirational quotes with you to encourage you. And lighten your mood.

But remember! You can and should always hug your child. They’re the best ones to give you warmth. Because they love you unconditionally. There’s no sweeter love than the love of your child. Continue reading

Priorities

I found this beautiful inspirational poem by Mother Theresa that I want to share with you. The essence of it is about making love and acceptance of people priorities regardless of their faults.

People are often unreasonable, illogical and self-centered;

Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind,

People may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;

Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies,

Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;

Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;

Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;

Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;

Do good anyway.

Give the world the best you have, and if may never be enough;

Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway.

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Snatched out of Darkness

Have you ever been lost in a place and felt like you couldn’t find your way out of darkness? I used to be in that place until someone snatched me out.  Read my story to find out who freed me.

The atmosphere was thick with smoke and the aroma of alcohol. We exchanged new year’s greetings. Someone tugged harshly at my blouse. “Aren’t you going to wish me Happy New Year? No time for me eh?”

I reached out to embrace my ex husband. He pushed past me and marched to the other side of the room. My body shuddered with feelings of uneasiness. Thirty minutes later his pent-up rage exploded. I took shelter in my sister’s room from the blitz of verbal abuse. He left the party and I went home. 

I sat on my bed. One hand clutched a large glass of brandy, a packet of cigarettes dangled out the other. Our explosive history was being repeated. The violent fights, humiliating slanging matches, tears and name callings resurrected in my memory. My dad warned me about rushing back to my ex. I didn’t listen.

I thought about the vicar who often invited us to the local church. We were too busy having fun, however. Church didn’t blend with our lifestyle of drinking, smoking and partying. I was dirty, full of sin and not clean enough to mix with holy people.

I believed God existed, and recited the Lord’s prayer when I was depressed. And I shouted out Psalm 23 at nights as a weapon against the invisible hands pressing me down into my bed. I would lay there paralysed and couldn’t breathe. It was scary. My uncle said it was spiritual attacks.

Click on the link below to read the rest of the story:

Snatched Out of Darkness – My Testimony

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