Timing is Everything

As I watched Joseph R. Biden being sworn in last Wednesday as our 46th President I felt a sense of relief and calm come over me. I also felt a sense of hope as well. Not just hope for this country, and hope for the unification of the people of this world, but also hope in the timing that God has. I’ve learned over the last several years, the hard way might I add, that God has an incredible sense of humor when it comes to the development of our plans in life in relation to His ultimate purpose over our lives.
We don’t always understand when God closes a door that we were so sure we were prepared for but he always reveals his reasoning, eventually. Just think about our newly elected President, Joe Biden. This is his third time running for the office of President. In both of the first two times he never made it past the primaries and I don’t at all believe it was because he wasn’t prepared enough for the job, or that he wouldn’t have made an excellent President both of those times, but yet the office eluded him. He had been Vice President at least and had come to terms with the fact that being President wasn’t meant to be. But God clearly had other plans.
I don’t think that was by coincidence, but rather by sheer design. I think God knew there was going to be a more dire time in this country in which He was preparing Joe Biden for. I think given who he is, to his very core, his empathy, his knowledge, his preparedness he is the perfect President in the current circumstances this country is in.
Our timing is not always in line with God’s timing and I think if we always got everything we wanted, exactly when we wanted it, we might not be well positioned for the purpose God has for us at the time in which He needs us to be ready. He allows us to go through the obstacles and struggles we do, not because he wants us to suffer, but because he needs to build us up and provide us with the strength and fortitude we will need to endure the journey He has mapped out for us.
The next time you have a question about what God is bringing you through or why you’re not where you think you need to be yet just keep in mind what God may be preparing you for. Just make sure that you are ready when it is your time. God has a role for each and every one of us but we must be in position when called upon.

7 Ways for You to Get Ready for National Novel Writing Month

So as I stated in my last post I will not be doing NaNoWriMo this year, at least not in the traditional sense, but I thought for all of you out there who are planning on participating in the crazy notion of attempting to complete a novel in 30 days that I would make a few suggestions on getting ready for the month of November.  Obviously the first thing that anyone getting into the novel writing spirit needs to do is to sign up by registering on the National Novel Writing Month website at http://www.nanowrimo.org/.  That’s the easy part.  Other things to better prepare for this month are:

1.)    Brainstorm a clear idea for your novel:  Hopefully you already know what you want to write about but if not that is the first thing that you need to figure out.

2.)    Know the most important details of your novel upfront:  You may or may not be a person that likes to outline.  If you are an outliner, this is what your next move needs to be.  Outline the major points of your novel so that you know where your story is going to start, and where you think it might end up.  If you are more of a detailed person then you will want to detail ALL of the major and somewhat minor parts of the novel in this outline.  If you are not a person who likes to outline, at the very least you will want to know that major plot points in your story.

3.)    Get to know your characters:  Some might consider this to be a part of outlining but I see it as being totally separate but just as complex as creating an outline.  You have to know who your characters because if you don’t know who your characters are your soon to be readers won’t know who they are either.

4.)    Research now rather than later:  Do as much research for your novel that you can do before starting your novel.  Once you get started writing, you are not going to have the time to really go back and do extensive research so get most of your research out of the way now.

5.)    Begin mapping out a workable plan:  Come up with a schedule that works for you to write during the month of November.  If you are a morning person then you will want to make time available so that you can write in the mornings and get your best work done.  Whatever time of day works better for you, you are going to want to maximize to produce your best work.  This is also when you will want to let the people around you know that you may not have as much time as you normally do because you will be busy…Writing.

6.)    When November 1st comes around, be prepared to start writing and be prepared to be very busy for those thirty days.

7.)    One final thing:  If you should happen to get stuck or have a bad day and are not able to write, don’t be too hard on yourself.  Putting extra pressure on yourself to write only makes it harder for you to produce good solid work.

I hope that these tips were somehow helpful to anyone who is getting ready to embark on their 30 day journey into novel-land.  I know that following these steps helped me last year when I participated and all of the years prior to that.  I will be cheering all of you NaNo-er’s on from the sidelines but don’t think I won’t be getting some writing done on my part.  I just have to focus on the business end of things right now, as well as putting my Write 2 Be Magazine together for its launch in January 2013.  I wish all of you well in November!

 

Jimmetta Carpenter

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