National Novel Writing Month is now in full swing. As of this writing and I haven’t written today on my novel yet I stand at 10,399 words. Not bad for six days work and definitely above the 1667 words a day you need to finish a 50,000 word novel. My half elf magic user / thief has at this point been introduced as a character as well as much of the supporting cast. The quest all of them are on has been stated and my character is now preparing for her journey. Throughout this story she has had several incidents that have helped define her character and bring her to life. I have really been working on the whole concept of ‘show them , don’t always tell them.” Seeing the story is pure first person point of view this can be difficult but I think I have found a nice balance. I like where the story is going and I am more confident than ever I will get this finished. I want to double time today and get to about 15,000 words by days end. It never hurts to be ahead of the game.
All of this is causing me to wax a bit philosophical about my life. Big surprise from a theologian and philosopher, huh?
I have been asking myself a lot of questions about my purpose on planet earth. In large part this started about a month after quitting my second job. It had been a rough time and I still miss the money in certain senses. In my life I have pastored three churches, been an associate pastor and involved in other ministry. Part of my role as a leader in the church has always defined me but I don’t think that is all there is to it.
Many people say that I should just remain faithful and wait for God’s direction. I however have found that even this can be an excuse even from God’s perspective of not getting up off your butt and making something happen. Waiting for God can be used as an excuse for lazy. So I need to consider however what I should be doing besides waiting.
I have often found the things I am passionate about are what I do. In large part this blog is an expression of the things I am passionate about but also in that expression I have found a better definition of what I am. Passion requires fuel and renewed effort at times but for the most part I don’t have trouble doing what I am passionate about. One of my new passions is writing.
I say new because I liked writing before but I could take it or leave it. Now I am not sure what I would do if I couldn’t write a good chunk of the time. I love it. Every post, every days work on my novel is a joy. It is sort of like working out for me only with my mind and heart instead of my body.
The question now is: can I do this for a living? Is this me finding my purpose or just another passion? I don’t have any answers right now but I think the whole seeing if I can write for many hours a day might be a good start to seeing if it is one or the other. In a sense NaNoWriMo is helping me find this out.
Now back to my novel. Blessings and Cheers!!!