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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June is a freelance copywriter and blogger. She's also the owner of DivineCopywriter.com and MiraculousLadies.com. June is passionate about sharing knowledge to inspire and motivate you. Subscribe to Arise Single Christian Mummies to get awesome updates. Thanks for stopping by. I look forward to seeing you again soon.

5 thoughts on “Work in Progress

  1. Hi
    Thanks for leaving a comment about my writing from Ruth’s blog. I love the idea of what you are doing. Do you ever write something on prayer – I have guest bloggers on http://underthecoverofprayer.wordpress.com. If you are interested read my statement of faith and email me at udnerthecoverofprayer@gmail.com.

    I love your scripture: “We can make our plans. But the Lord determines our steps.” – Prov. 16:9 I am putting that on my board.

    Exactly what I am working on… time to pray, study and listen to Him. Yes let’s keep in touch for sure.

    Blessings,
    Janis

    • Oh and I work in a pregnancy centre with many single mommies. My hubby just started a charity for single parents to help them get back into school.
      Blessings,
      Janis

    • Hi Janis,

      Thanks for inviting me to guest post. I haven’t written anything on prayer but it’s something I’ve been thinking about. I wanted to have a daily prayer column on this blog. I would love to guest post. I’m going to check out your blog and contact you.

      I’m glad you like the scripture. It’s always at the forefront of my mind because I know that God can change my plans as and when He pleases.

      Your husband is doing a good thing. Does he have a website for the charity? And what’s the name of the centre you work in?

      Have a blessed evening. :-)

  2. I love this post, June. As far as I’m concerned, your focus should be on that novel. It has tremendous promise, I feel and I’m sure you’ll love the process of writing it. As for the blogs, wait on God’s guidance will be best. If you finish your novel, you might want to blog about aspects of it, inspirations, etc. The genre you are writing in is one I want to have a go at on my blog in the form of short stories – Bible Fan Fiction (I had to invent that term – to the best of my knowledge no name exists for this idea.)

    • Bobbie, thank you. I’ve been dragging my heels over writing this novel. You’ve just given me the push I need and I believe God has used you to do that. I know that I’m supposed to write novels and my testimonies because that’s what He told me. And blogging about aspects of the book would be ideal as well. I have to get serious about it now! :-)

      I think your idea is fantastic. I love the term ‘Bible fan fiction.’ It sounds great. I’m sure blogging about that would work well.

      Thanks for stopping by. You’ve really inspired me. :-)

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