Writing a Novel As a Busy Adult Is Impossible – But There’s a Solution

Writing a novel is a monumental task.

Your experience may be something like mine. You have an idea so you sit down to write. The first 10,000, maybe even 20,000 words flow onto the page over a couple of weeks, and then things come up. You finally get back to it a few weeks or a few months later (if ever) and you think, “What was I even thinking? This doesn’t work.” And the manuscript sits on your hard drive with all of the other half-finished work, taunting you.

Or maybe you know you want to write a book, but you don’t even have an idea, let alone know how to get started. You feel this pull to “write,” but what does that even mean?  Where does one even begin? A blank Microsoft Word document snickers at you while you try desperately to not call the whole thing quits and go look at Facebook already. 

You’re not alone. The fact is that it’s unreasonable for busy adults to sit down and simply write a novel. It’s just not realistic, for a lot of good reasons.

I know that my writing time comes at a cost. An evening I spend writing is an evening away from my kids, or putting off some urgent chore. I simply can’t afford to commit 100 hours to a project over 6 months to find out I’ve wasted my time.  The cost is too high.

But there is a solution. My “Year of the Novel” writing course gives you the essential tools, resources, and strategy to craft a great novel, and complete it. You can learn more about this course and register here.  I’m offering this class in Zanesville, Ohio, in Columbus, Ohio, or online through Zoom (which is super simple to use on nearly any internet-connected device).

Over the first four weeks I’ll provide you with a better understanding of the mechanics of a novel and guide you through a planning and outlining process. Armed with a story that you know works, you’ve cut the risk of wasting your time by half, and the follow-through will be so much easier.

Over the next ten months, I’ll meet with the class once a month to review progress, answer questions, troubleshoot, and set progress benchmarks for the next month.  If you can commit to 2-4 hours of dedicated time per week to writing, you’ll have no problem making progress and completing your manuscript in less than a year.

I’ve worked with authors one-on-one for ten years to produce award-winning and bestselling novels. This is your opportunity to get that same expertise and support in a classroom setting, at a fraction of the price.

You are a real writer. Together, we’re going to prove it. There won’t be any more false starts or wasted half-drafts. By this time next year, you’ll have a complete manuscript in your hands that you’ll be proud to have others read.

Sign up for this class here. Class space is limited.

Year of the Novel Class

Lauren Daigle Is a Sister in Christ and an Effective Minister

Lauren Daigle has, through the quality of her work, taken Jesus’s message to secular audiences through the mainstream media, with chart-topping songs and appearances on national television shows like Ellen and Jimmy Fallon.

Recently, she’s come under fire for not taking a bold enough stance on homosexuality. Read her comments here.

Lauren DaigleWhen asked if homosexuality was a sin, she responded, in a nutshell, “I don’t know.”

Frankly, I love this answer. “I don’t know,” is one of the best and most under-utilized phrases in the Christian lexicon.

Lauren Daigle isn’t a theologian, she’s not a pastor. She’s a musician and an evangelist. And she’s an effective one.

It is true, some things are sin, and other things are not. But it is not the job of every Christian to go around proclaiming what is and isn’t pleasing to God. Our job as Christians are to connect people with Christ.

And the idea that we’re going to get the answers wrong is a huge barrier to Christians witnessing their faith, a.k.a. “I don’t know enough to share my faith.”  Take heart Christians, you do know enough. “I don’t know” is a great answer, and it’s fully at your disposal.  We’re here to make the introduction, Jesus has promised to do the heavy lifting.

One we’re engaged in loving, Christ-centered community, then, and only then, do we have opportunities to address the sin in each other’s lives, to spur each other on towards holiness.

Pastors are called to shepherd individuals as they sort out their lives, and figure out which parts looks like God, and which parts look like the world. Evangelists have no such responsibility, and in most cases it’s counter-effective.

There are anecdotes of evangelists who point out sin, thereby convicting their audience and moving them to redemption. But this is the exception.

“But God demonstrates his love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) I encounter so many individuals who feel they’re unqualified for God’s love. They want to get cleaned up, so they can connect with God. The reality is quite the opposite! We must connect with God first, so that we can get cleaned up.

“And when [the Holy Spirit] comes, he will convict the world concerning sin and righteousness and judgment.” (John 16:8) It is the Holy Spirit’s job to fix people, and He’s far better at it than we are.

This question on homosexuality was planted by the devil. As she takes Jesus’s love through the main stream media, is it any surprise he’s displeased? And it’s the perfect trap. Put her in a position to affirm homosexuality as a sin and sideline her real message and the venues through which she’s shared, or to not affirm and face the wrath of evangelicals. Let’s not give the devil a double victory in this.

Who wins if she answers, “Yes, homosexuality is sin.” Her message loses its relevance, and the devil gains the victory. And if she answers, “No, homosexuality is not sin.” She indeed subverts the truth of scripture and the devil wins there too.

And let us assume that she did not give a calculated response, but a genuine reflection of her thoughts!  She is allowed to be in process.  She is allowed to still be sorting out and learning!  God doesn’t call us to ministry because we’re perfect. He calls us to ministry when we’re willing to put ourselves on the line and persevere for the cross, sometimes facing criticism and persecution from all sides.

If the standard for bearing Christ to the world is perfection, who among us will evangelize?  If the standard for speaking publicly is knowing everything, who of us will lead?

Even if she has made a grave mistake, should we burn down the work that she’s done for the cause of Christ?  Is this how we reflect the love of Jesus?  Of course not.

Lauren Daigle is not perfect. She is much like me in that regard.  As Christians, we stand together against the schemes of the devil to entangle us and tear us down. I stand for Lauren Daigle because she is my sister in Christ. And if we should end up in community together, then and only then, and privately, we can have a conversation about the finer points of her theology and her life.

Lauren Daigle is not a prophet, a pastor, or a thought-leader. She has not sought opportunities to change church culture or policy.  She’s an evangelist who has worked hard to open new doors for her message, by the quality of her hard work.   She has been successful in her mission, and she was ambushed.

“Therefore, encourage one another and build each other up.”  (1 Thessalonians 5:11)

Let’s empower and support her as she takes her Holy-Spirit-inspired message to the masses.