Work in Progress
This 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 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 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.
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.
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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