God has called us to write, and write we shall!
But writing a novel is not the only way to fulfill the calling that is "writing," although it certainly is one of them!
Let's take the Alleycats for example.
EVERY single one of us blogs... here and many of us on our own personal blogs. Have you checked them out lately?
Mary blogs at LET'S TALK and a fabulous blog for kids at God Loves Kids.
Amy blogs at The Writer's Break Room.
Pepper has this fab blog here.
Ashley gives us a big of her Southern Grace on her blog.
Angie is Taking It All In over at her place.
Casey is being her usual self and Writing for Christ.
Sherrinda is, well, Simply Sherrinda. (but really, there is nothing simple about this awesome lady!)
Julia is a contributor at Wonderfully Woven
Karen shows us all up on her AWESOME blog, A House Full of Sunshine, that is just taking off like CRAZY!
Laurie is full of awesomeness herself on her blog here.
And then of course there's little ol' me. I blog about finding Joy in the Journey (although I think about 70% of my readers just want to hear Annabelle updates, LOL!)
There are many of us who also contribute to other blogs such as www.inspyromance.com and www.wordservewatercooler.com and I know I'm missing some others! (Alleycats, feel free to add in the comments!)
Then we have the fabulous Julia who writes articles and reviews for The Library Journal.
The amazing Ashley who had her first short story published in one of A Cup of Christmas Cheer this year!
And yours truly is trying her hand at novellas this year starting with A Side of Faith, so that is super fun!
But you know?
It can even be simpler than these various ideas.
My daughter came to me the other day and wanted to do a monologue in a talent competition where one of the categories was dramatic monologue. But she didn't want to just do a monologue, she wanted ME to write her one.
So I tried my hand at it. I've never done anything like that before. It's a fairly short one, but I'm decently pleased with the outcome. And it was a little reminder to God that there is more to this writing thing than just novels. He wants us to use our gifts in LOTS of ways, and to limit the reach to just that next novel probably isn't the best use of our talents.
I'm not telling you to go start a blog. Many people have NO interest in doing so, and that is perfectly fine. I'm just saying to think outside the box a little, or at least erase those lines and let God show you other places he might be wanting to use your writing.
Discussion: What ways do you write that don't include writing that big novel?