As we discussed the submission process I explained I was finishing my book proposal and they were interested in what the this comprised off. I shared the different parts and the information most publishers and agents want to know. Since we were talking about the proposal - I shared part of it with my small group tonight. There wasn't much feedback from the one part I shared (my one-page sell sheet) yet I was asked if they could keep it. :) I was touched.
Writing is a journey and we all have different interests. While at the middle school this afternoon for my daughter's play rehearsal I was visiting with one of her 7th grade classmates. I asked if she (the girl) was still in chorus and if she was playing sports this year. She said she was in chorus this year but wasn't going to next year and she wasn't doing sports. I tried to encourage her yet I could tell she wasn't interested. So I ventured to a route very comfortable to me - I said "What if there was an after-school writing group? Would you do that?" She smiled widely and said "Yes! I would do that." It touched my heart.
Since I'm at the elementary school, this isn't something I could do yet it was a gentle reminder - we are all gifted and interested in different things. We aren't all meant to stand on the stage performing or on the court playing - some of us are gifted to write the play being performed or creating the slogans for the posters decorating the halls and gym the night of the big game.
Thankfully God has blessed me with an array of gifts - I pray our children are offered opportunities to utilize and perfect their gifts and to explore a variety of avenues until they find their nack. Thank goodness we're all different...many parts make a whole.
Did you have a favorite after-school activity? Writing club wasn't an option in the 80's at my school - maybe this is a matter of prayer for the upcoming year. How could I use my writing skills and incorporate it with the kids at school while still allowing the necessary time to work on my own writing, market my book, travel and speak as necessary to share the story God's given me to help others? Hmmm....something to sleep on.