This Saturday I attended my friend, Sherri Lewis' book release party. We shared a very special time. Her family surprised her when her favorite aunts came to town for the party. Her sisters and coworkers shared how they all have had a hand in bringing her debut novel to fruition. Then her family began to tease her about disappearing for days in the name of writing her book.
While listening to all of this humor, I found the answer to a question I often receive from some of my other writing friends and reader's of this blog:
Why is this important, Dee?
As The Master's Artist we do not only exist in this world to help ourselves. We also exist to edify the Body of Christ. Yet creating art is a solitary act. We must draw into ourselves to tap into souls and God's plan for our works. We need to be alone to concentrate, create and conference with God about it. But we can't do this alone. We aren't designed to do this alone. In the Book of Acts we read that Paul did not work alone. He had a team. While in prison[Book of Timothy] Paul was imprisoned, yet his works went forth, because he shared his expression and his teaching with Timothy. So how successful will we be? Like the old proverb if a tree falls n a forest with on one to hear it, then does it make a sound? If you write a novel and no one knows about it, then do you have a book?
You do, if you invite your family and friends to do one or all of these things:
- To become members of your personal crit group.
- To become members of your prayer cell.
- To become a member of your street team.
- To become a city host.
- To host a bookclub.