Thankfulness and the Writing Process
by Precarious Yates
Thankfulness is the currency of eternity. We see this in Revelation in the songs to the Lamb. In 5:12, worshipers give wealth to the Lamb, yet two chapters later, in 7:12, wealth is changed to thanksgiving. A currency exchange happens along the way. I’m trying to do that currency exchange while here on earth.
One thing I’m very grateful for? Writing. Whether people enjoy my books or not, I have such joy in the process of writing that I’m not concerned (as much) with people’s assessment. I love when the ideas begin to flow for the first time, and I love the editing process when I see the novel coming together.
I liked waitressing well enough, but I didn’t have the contentment as a waitress the way that I do as a writer. So I’m also grateful for the time to be a writer.
At the end of the day, I’m thankful that I chose to self publish, even though this wasn’t my first choice. I’ve made some wonderful friends throughout the process of self publishing that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. They inspire me, challenge me, help me to make my work the best it can be. Thank you, Wendy, for being one of those friends!
Remaining thankful through the writing process has helped me keep perspective. The Lord needs to be first and foremost, and I need to put my family before any job or ministry. Some days I focus on numbers and the ins and outs of marketing a book, then someone nudges me back to the real priorities. I can be thankful instead of resentful, since I’d been practicing thankfulness through the joyful moments.
These principles can be expressed through every area of life. I just find it helpful to practice thankfulness in the individual areas instead of as a blanket gratitude: I think it speeds up the currency exchange.
Precarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their mastiff. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.
You can learn more about Ms. Yates and about the issues discussed in this novel by visiting www.precariousyates.com
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