Linking up with Lisa-Jo Baker and the Five Minute Friday gals today. Will you join and read some of the most beautiful words on the web? And yes, I did actually “reserve” spots in my #31Days series for this link up, because I needed a reason to write live & not schedule the whole month! We’ll see how it works!
I was bouncing in and out of the Five Minute Friday party tonight because I was writing. Not a blog post – thanks to #31days most of my posts for the month are done. Not for work, though I do plenty of that. I was writing one of the most terrifying things I’ve ever attempted. As an English major who could knock out a 12 page paper in two hours, I have never considered myself at a loss for words. Until I had to commit to writing a book proposal.
And now? I have no words.
I’ve forgotten how to write in a way that it’s simply … me.
I’ve been paralyzed by the sheer amount of work that it will take – and totally unsure how to even begin. Until a random email conversation turned into a joking banter with another amazing writer about how we should be accountability partners. And she said ‘yes, we should.’ So we did.
As much as I fear starting this proposal and what it means, I’ll be darned if I won’t meet the challenge and do everything I can to make sure I’m holding up my end of the bargain. So we’re writing – in community. A small one, just two of us sharing this moment in our lives. And isn’t that what community is all about anyway? Joining together with like-hearted women who walk the same road – whether it’s one, or one-hundred.
So in this season of writing ABOUT community, I’m so blessed to also be writing IN community for the first time. It makes me braver, somehow.
Kimberly A Edwards says
That’s awesome Crystal. Being in community also helps me write too. I’m so happy that you were able to find someone to be accountable with for writing. I think we all need this. Happy Friday!
Holly Solomon Barrett says
I feel your pain. I always seem to have plenty of words but a book proposal was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to write. And now I need to rewrite it to submit to other places. Yikes! But we’ll get through it…because we have to keep on writing, keep on using the words, keep on letting others read them!
Amy @ Coffee with the Mrs. says
Love it! Crystal, you inspire so many. God bless those writing hands of yours.
You can DO IT! I found a handy how-to from Mary DeMuth, and I actually wrote a proposal in March. The problem I have is that I’m scared to do anything with it now that it’s done (I’ve edited it five times and had others critique it…what am I waiting for!). But, YES, you CAN write a book proposal! Go for it!
Kris Camealy says
Here’s to bravery and obedience to our calling! You can do it.
Whoohoooo! Can’t wait to see what comes from this, friend. And so glad you’ve got someone to do it with. I must say, I’m pretty excited to see all my friends in print. God’s doing big things with all these writing warrior women. Big things.
Wendy Jenkins says
Excited for you Crystal! Can’t wait to read it….:)
“Joining together with like-hearted women who walk the same road – whether it’s one, or one-hundred.” Community is what it’s all about. Be brave. Be bold. Be you.
Hi Crystal! I haven’t done five minute Fridays for so long and I miss everyone. I saw your name on the personal endeavors list and it made me so happy! One of the things I adored about fiveminutefriday were the lead-in parties. I remember when I was new and thought no one cared but everyone did. I’m so glad to be reading some of your #31days posts now as well. Brava!
It’s amazing how fear can paralyze even the surest of gifts. And, like you, I find writing in community is so much richer. It brings a whole new dimension to it. Thanks for sharing your gift of words and encouragement with us. 🙂
Ashley Skillman says
Good luck with the proposal! You will do great! And I love the community aspect to this!!
Karrilee Aggett says
Yay… here’s to being braver… and being together… and being braver together!
So proud of you! You’ve got this! Whether on you blog or in a book, you bless!
Amy Boyd says
I am so excited to hear the you are writing a book proposal. Your heart for community is so needed now and for us to pass down you our little ones. I pray that He give you the words to write and the peace to be still when you need to.
So glad friend… and can I just say I can not wait to read your words!!! You go and get ’em girl and I’ll be praying for you!
So happy you’ve found a partner in accountability. Someone is waiting to read your book. I know it.
Paula Claunch says
Awesome! So glad you are doing this!
Angi Pratt says
Girl. If you write a book, I will SO be first on the list to read it. You have words of wisdom my friend. xoxo
Peggy Spencer says
We all need that push sometimes!
Funny how those words seem so elusive when we need them most! A book proposal? Awesome! I love being part of this FMF community with you!