Today, I’m going to share with you my journey as an aspiring author over the past few years and how I got to where I am now.
It started with my love for books. Since I was little, I loved to read. My mom had shelves full of books, and I would pull out the ones I liked and would read them, over and over and over again. I was, and still am, that kind of person that can finish the entire book within the first 24 hours I started. As I got older, my book interests went from children books to teen fiction and Christian fiction. It wasn’t until 2012-2013 when I started to get into writing. I would write things like quotes and fan-fiction (I was obsessed with One Direction). It wasn’t until 2016 that I started to write in hopes of becoming an author and getting published.
The second month of 2016 was when I started to write down a story plot along with the characters and wrote my first chapter not long after. For a while, I kept my book writing to myself. That is until my dad noticed the writing application left open on my computer and asked what I was writing. I shared my book with my parents and sisters who read the book and helped me edit it. When I finished the manuscript, they encouraged me to find a publisher.
In the midst of the editing process and looking for a publisher my mom asked me a question about writing. She said, “Lisee, I really think you have a gift for writing, a gift God gave you. Have you ever thought about writing a book that points back to God?” My response was that I was passionate about the book I just wrote and I could always write a Christian book after I get published. I brushed it off and ignored her comment, tucked it away in the back of my mind. A couple of months passed and I was in the process of looking for a publisher when my mom’s words come to mind. For a while, there was this story that kept coming to mind, one that was my own, but I kept pushing it off and telling myself later, I can think about it later. But I knew that the real reason why I didn’t want to write a Christian book was that I didn’t know how to write one, even if I wanted to. How would I create a story to direct the readers back to God? How can I write a story that can be used to encourage others? I wanted to ignore my questions and this conviction to write this story, my story.
I was bullied at a young age and struggled with my own faith for a while. It wasn’t until I was brought to a place of complete brokenness that I turned to God. This story kept tugging at my heart, a story I could write and share, use to encourage and point others back to God. I allowed months to pass and I continued to be convicted by God that He wanted more, that He wanted me to be writing for Him and His glory. I finally stopped running from this conviction and quit trying to publish my other book. I didn’t want to write teen fiction or for myself, anymore. I wanted to write for my Lord and Savior, to be known as a Christian author. I decided to use my gift of writing to serve God, and that is the best decisions I’ve made as a writer and author. I created the story’s plot, and a year and so later I’m editing this book I call ‘Finding Grace,’ a book that is about a girl and a boy that’s gone through different trials in their own lives which influenced their walk of faith in different ways. I’m not going to get too into it, but I look forward to the day I can talk to you more about this book and its plot.
I was convicted in my writing and how I should use it. Because God convicted me I’m now using my gift to serve Him and point others back to Him. To know that one day my book is going to be out there and someone will pick it up and read it, the possibility that my writing could encourage and change that one person’s life brings me such joy.
I probably will never publish the story that started it all. But just because I won’t pursue getting this book published doesn’t mean it didn’t start anything for me. Because of that book, I found my greatest passion for the Lord, to write and be known by His glory and His work, not by my own fame. That story will be known as the story that started it all and brought me here, writing for God.
For me, writing is much more than just putting words on the page. Writing is telling a story, knitting words together to create a picture. It’s a journey every author, blogger, writer, journalist takes to make sure that what you read touches your heart and moves your soul. It’s a long and impatient journey, but it’s all worth it to see where God not only takes the book but takes you. Every day I pray for God to help give me the words for my book and blog. I am the pen on the page, and God is the hand that directs me in the way I should go to write the first and last letter of every word.
Our success is measured by how many people buy our work. God’s success is measured by the one person that is changed through the work He has done in you. Be measured by God and His success, not your own.
Are there some things in your life God is convicting you to give up, to hand over to Him, so He has full control? Have you ever thought about doing what you do for Him?
Thanks for reading my long, overdue blog post for you. Until next time.
Praying for you always,
Aliseea P. Cromer
“…whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” -1 Corinthians 10:31, NIV