To Cross the Finish Line
Finish it! Polish the 58,000 words I’ve written into a complete, coherent, and compelling story. Not be distracted by blog posts or new poetry books that threaten procrastination of the goal. Not be paralyzed by doubt. Capitalize on the feedback I receive from critique partners, but take it with a grain of salt. Squeeze in time to provide them with feedback, too, with an eye to what I can learn from that process. That’s my writing plan for the foreseeable future. To finish my story.
It’s partly my story, but it could just as well be your story, or your sister’s story, or your grandmother’s story, or your daughter’s story. Ultimately, it’s a story of God’s redemptive grace. In 2018, my hope is that my story—My Name Is Beloved—will touch the lives of broken women with His grace.
Winter darkness reigns
But not forever, Spring waits
With hope, healing light
Today at dVerse Poets Pub, Toni tends bar for the last time. She’ll still be a patron, but won’t be serving up the prompts. She’s picked a great Haibun prompt as her last hurrah! She wants us to write about our writing plans.
Lovely haiku 🙂 Finish your book and nurture it until it takes off.
I salute your undertaking to write about broken women, we never appreciate our real worth.
We are of infinite worth to God!
Finishing a work in progress brings its own satisfaction. Go ahead with your plans with zeal. Good Luck. Your haiku is great 🙂
Terrific upbeat plan, bathed in spiritual light, fueled by faith. You have a built-in fan base within the dVerse fellowship; hugs.
The last line of your haibun gave me chills. May it be so.
I really like the hope and light in your poem.
Thank you. Hope and light are two of my favorite things. 🙂
What God has started, He will finish! Great plan!
Yes, He will! I just wish He’d let me in on where and by whom it’s to be published. “Patience, my Beloved,” He says.
Great Determination! Follow your gut, Linda, and finish what you began!
Thanks. It can be hard when things take longer than you expect, but perseverance is a virtue for sure.
You go girl! Your audience awaits!😊
Thank you. 🙂
Best wishes on finishing your story well.
Thank you for telling your story, Linda, good advice to yourself and others, which we can take away with us, especially: ‘Not be paralyzed by doubt’ and the lovely ray of hope in the haiku. Thank you. 🙂
Hope is a wonderful thing. Thanks for the encouragement.
May God bless your wonderful writing endeavors!
The hard work in finishing your book is admirable… bring it on.
Capitalize on the feedback I receive from critique partners, but take it with a grain of salt. Squeeze in time to provide them with feedback, too, with an eye to what I can learn from that process.
Absolutely! I love that grain of salt – so important. Your plan looks pretty good to me. I look forward to hearing about your progress.
Thanks. I’ll certainly keep you all posted.
Thank you Linda for this post and this haiku full of hope! I have so enjoyed reading you and hope you will continue. God bless you.
I learned haiku from one of the best. 😉
Thank you Linda. thank you so very much.