The Long and Winding Road


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For as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a published author. I dreamed from an early age about having my books on bookstore shelves. I wanted to take writing classes but my family couldn’t afford them. This was before the age of home computers and the Internet. Information on how to write and be published wasn’t readily available.

I was at point A and wanted to get to point B but I didn’t know how. And I wanted to be rich and famous.

I started writing To Dance Once More in 1993 and after numerous rewrites, countless rejections, a writing course, a conference, and practicing the craft, I achieved the goal of being published in 2011 and again in 2012.

The road to publication was different than I thought it would be. I had planned to study journalism and be an anchorwoman or a street reporter while working toward my goal. Instead, I worked in an office. I married, became a mom, and helped my husband run our business. I planned to write fulltime when my kids went to school but God called me to homeschool. Some would take this as a sign that it was time to give up the dream. But I didn’t! During my fourteen years of homeschooling, I worked several part time jobs but in my free time I wrote and somehow managed to write three novels and a variety of other things.

Because my journey to publication took so much longer than I thought it would, I have a richer, less selfish, more purposeful life. Because of my experiences, my mistakes, my jobs, and the people who have come in and out of my life, I have depth to me that I didn’t have before. That depth is reflected in my writing.

Because of His direction, my goal is no longer to be rich and famous but to spread the news of His great love to the world. Of course, I’m still pressing on to realize the fullness of my dream—a spot on a bookstore shelf.

God who knows what’s best for us and He directs and narrows our paths. His timing is always perfect. Each of us has a unique journey to publication and it’s not always about the end as much as it is about the road between point A and B. I hope this has inspired you to strive for your dreams and to never give up!

(Originally appeared on Seriously Write blog.)

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Sherri Wilson Johnson — Where Faith and Fiction Collide — is the author of To Dance Once More (OakTara) and Song of the Meadowlark (OakTara).

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