All posts by Erin Unger

A Time to Redo

It’s been an interesting few months as far as my writing goes. I usually have the next story brewing in my mind a quarter of the way through my current work, but that didn’t happen this time around. I waited and thought and wondered why I hadn’t been inspired. When I finished my fourth manuscript, I thought maybe then it would come to me. Still nothing.

It was time to worry at that point. I went to my sister and asked her for some ideas, hoping she’d jar something loose in my mind. NOPE. Then I turned to my muse. That would be my husband. Still nothing.

What is a writer to do? I don’t know how to function without ideas to develop and grow and turn into outlines.

It was time to pray. Maybe that should’ve come sooner. Guess what? Nope, still nothing. I had no choice but to stop trying and wait for an answer. It started small, almost unnoticeable by all accounts. A comment here, a thought from a friend there. My husband made a suggestion. He couldn’t be right, I was sure. Then the pastor preached a message that seemed to be directed right at me.

I got the message. It wasn’t the one I wanted, but none the less it was what God had for me. He wanted me to rewrite. He showed me that I needed to shift my focus to one of my first manuscripts. It needed to be reworked bad, and I’d put it off for a year.

I hemmed and hawed for a week. The amount of work involved would make any writer cry at the thought. But, there’s only so long one can ignore divine advice. So off to my computer I went. The first page and a half took five hours to edit and rework. It was as bad as I’d expected.

With a lot of hard work and double perseverance, I’m trudging through to what I hope will be a published novel some day in the near future. I’m so glad God directed me to fix it, even though it hasn’t been easy. It’s been amazing to see how much my writing has developed and changed in the past four years.

Do you have a story or two that sit buried on a shelf; ones you don’t think will ever see the light of day? Let me encourage you to pull them out and refurbish them. It’ll be worth it in the end.

My Books Have Arrived

I couldn’t contain myself when I saw two boxes on the kitchen table. I knew what was in them as soon as I noticed them. Sure enough, my name filled the address box. They’d arrived a few days earlier than I’d anticipated. I ran over and heaved them up in a bear hug and dragged them upstairs. Excitement filled every recess of my being. Peeling the cardboard back on the smaller one, I reached in and pulled out the very first copy of the book I illustrated. There’s nothing like holding a your official book in print. It’ll bring tears to your eyes, let me tell you.

I couldn’t wait to call Karla, the writer of the book, and let her know they’d arrived. She told me she’d booked a reading for a book fair at a local public school. The fair will give us a chance to put our books in the hands of a lot of children. I was reminded at that moment how God love’s and gives to His children when they follow Him.

What a blessing to be able to show kids they too can follow a dream and see it come to fruition. And, what a triumph to know that God’s Word is going to be seen by many at that fair.

Changes Coming Your Way

It’s amazing how much time we can spend on social media. I’m considering starting a new blog with WordPress, and boy is it hard to start up when you’re not very computer literate. Now, you could ask me almost anything about Microsoft Word, but that’s as far as my electronic wisdom goes.

I spent hours trying to get everything to work. Adding a profile picture was a nightmare. Picking the right theme and setup was a challenge.

I know- all you’re hearing is complain, complain, complain. I’m done.

On the bright side, I got it set up for the most part. Maybe soon this blog will move to WordPress. I’ll keep you updated on that change. I hope it’ll make my blog a little more user friendly for me and my readers.

To all you WordPress users…HELP! I need some help.

Goodnight my friends.