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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Writer's Life (05/13/10)

TITLE: For Now, I Dream
By Cindy White


I hope to possess someday the lifestyle of a writer. I enjoy my life of being a wife, mother, volunteer, and homemaker. At this point I can only imagine the life of a writer. In fact, I didnít even realize until recently that I may have it in me to be a writer. I still donít know if I have it in me. Iím not sure what ďitĒ is. But I can dream.

When I think of being a writer, I picture myself in a cozy den, surrounded by books, with a view of the woods outside my window. I sit at my antique desk with a pad of paper and a computer. There is a coffee mug filled with sharpened pencils, but never with coffee. It may be uncharacteristic for a writer, but I donít like coffee. However, there is a Sparkletts water dispenser in the corner. I do get thirsty, you know.

My family knows where to find me if they need me. They also understand that they should never disturb me unless itís very important. ďI canít find any matching socksĒ is not very important, in case someone was wondering what Ďvery importantí means.

I work on my project a little in the mornings, when my mind is fresh. Itís a good time for research. But lunch with my darling draws me away for a bit. The afternoons are often spent with family, on house projects, or running errands. Often, time with a good book, followed by a little nap is in order. After dinner, when itís quiet and no one needs me for anything, itís time to really get to work. This is when my mind is most creative. Now my deep thoughts become words. Now my characters come to life.

In the afternoons I listen for the mail truck. An envelope will arrive any day bringing payment for one of my book projects. Weíve grown accustomed to these checks. Itís such a relief to be past those old money problems and living a simple, comfortable life. Soon we will be leaving for Cambodia on a mission trip. Iím excited to be able to go and help our orphanage with their building project as well as work with the beautiful Cambodian children. I plan to collect some research material while weíre there so that when we return home I can begin a new writing project. This one will help raise funds for the orphanage.

Ah, to dream. Nothing wrong with dreaming, but today I will take another step forward to making this dream a reality. Today I will write something. It doesnít really matter what I write, or if itís perfect, so long as I get words on paper. Today I will practice putting my words down in an order that is pleasing to the reader, whoever that may be. If I take my small steps, God will lead me forward into the plan He has for me. I have to believe that He wouldnít have placed this desire into my heart and gift into my life without a plan and a purpose; a purpose to bring Glory to Himself. I cannot see where the road leads, but I can trust the One who is leading.

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Brenda Shipman 05/22/10
Love your title, as well as the description of your life as a writer. This essay was easy to read, and easy for probably most of us to relate to. Bless you for the ministry you have through writing, and also with the orphanage! Keep going, friend...for His glory, and for eternity.
Amanda Brogan05/23/10
"'I canít find any matching socks' is not very important, in case someone was wondering what Ďvery importantí means." I love that part! :D

This piece has a nice flow, showing the character's slight doubt of their ability to be a writer, but their obvious love for the practice and trust in God to expand the talent that He has given them. Perfect for the topic.

I'll keep dreaming and writing right along with ya! :D