Patti Shene Gonzales has always been such an encouragement to me and other writers, but I had no idea she had the PROBLEM she shares about here. I’ve always admired people who share their struggles, so here she is, and she’s offering a free e-book of her debut novella to a commenter. Enjoy!
What I Learned From My First Published Novella
All my life, I have been a procrastinator. Lately, I have passed off the flaw with the statement, “why do today what can be done tomorrow? After all, Jesus might return tonight!” Although this thought brings a chuckle, it does not lead to a productive lifestyle.
More than once, I have found myself in situations where I lack some important food ingredient, household product, or whatever, because I failed to write it down on my shopping list.
I can’t count the number of events I have missed in town or online because I put off entering said event in my calendar at the time I read about it. I am always thinking, “I’ll do it later.”
I believe it was way back in April that I was invited to participate in a multi author Christmas novella series. I was so excited, but in my mind, April was a long way away from a November release date. HA!
The months in between flew by faster than an airliner in blue sky, and before I knew it, summer was drawing to a close. I had not written one word of the story. Oh, yes, ideas churned in my mind all the time, but I had nothing concrete to show for it.
I am a member of an excellent critique group who have offered me so much valuable advice about my writing over the past couple of years. By the time I settled down to write Cathy’s Christmas Confession, there was not enough time to send all of my chapters to my critique buddies.
In retrospect, this first novella would have been so much better if I had taken the time to write, get critiques, edit, and hone the finished product. As it turned out, I spent a very rushed eight weeks writing this story.
Many days and nights I was literally in a panic, fearful I would not fulfill my commitment to God and my fellow authors. I could not face another defeat in my writing career. I had told too many people about this novella. No way was I going to back out on the project.
God intervened at this point and gave me some solid ideas to help me craft a story worth reading. He brought scenes to mind that I had not even thought of. He spoke to me through my main characters and their shared experience of loss. He enabled me to demonstrate the theme that Christmas is not always joyful for the hurting, but there are ways to recognize the true meaning of Christmas through our pain.
Writing is hard. It takes time, patience, perseverance, skill, encouragement, creativity and guidance. I learned a valuable lesson while writing this novella. Procrastination is not a positive trait for an author.
There are hundreds of Christmas stories available to readers every year. Cathy’s Christmas Confession is not a story for all audiences. However, if this story appeals to you, my prayer is that it will bless you and bring joy to your heart.
Happy Jesus’s birthday!
Christmas is not a time of joy for the hurting.
During a snowstorm, widow Cathy Fischer creams a stop sign on her way to work at the Christmas Ridge Community Church. Acquaintance David Martin stops to help. Cathy sees signs of deep grief in David, a recent widower. She reaches out with support in an attempt to help David through this most difficult first Christmas without his beloved wife.
David Martin struggles with grief over the death of his wife. He blames God for her rapid demise after her cancer diagnosis. Cathy reaches out to him with compassion and support and soon enlists him in her mission to bring joy to others at Christmas. Will their joint quest restore David’s faith?
David needs to turn loose of the past and embrace his future. Cathy has a confession to make to the entire community that may give David a different perspective of who she really is. Will her confession set her free?
Does God have plans in mind for the two of them they did not anticipate?
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Patti Shene Gonzales hosts Step Into the Light, a weekly interview style podcast, where guests share their journey out of darkness or ways they lead others back to light. She hosts writers on her two blogs, Patti’s Porch and The Over 50 Writer. Patti is published in two anthologies and local publications and has three novels in progress. She enjoys writing, reading, critiquing, and spending time with family and friends. Patti lives in Colorado with her devoted feline companion, Duncan. Cathy’s Christmas Confession is her first novella.
Visit Patti at her website www.pattishene.com
Gail, thank you so much for hosting me on your blog. I am delighted to be here. May you enjoy a Happy Jesus’s birthday!
Patti, THREE novels in progress???? From one procrastinator to another–choose one and just do it! I’m also speaking to myself. Cathy’s confession intrigues me. The story appears to be in a small town, so how does anyone keep a secret which needs a confession? Everything this (moi) small town woman ever did became gossip food for the town!
Gail, thanks for sharing Patti’s bio and novella.
Hi Peggy! Even worse, I started one of those novels so long ago that the first few chapters were crafted on a manual typewriter! I hear you. I need to get those stories finished and out there.
Aha, sometimes it’s what people assume about us that enables we small town folk to keep secrets!
May you enjoy a Happy Jesus’s birthday!
Best of luck and God’s blessings to this novella. It sounds very enticing.
Thank you so much for the good wishes and blessings, Bonnie!
Happy Jesus’s birthday!
I enjoyed commenting with you on ACFW email bookclub.
Your novella sounds great. I enjoy stories about characters who are a bit older and hopefully wiser.
I tend to procrastinate too. So many times , I put off writing a review and may have to re-read the story in order to write said review. But I tend to put off and then sprint under pressure. I need to make my grandkids’ ornaments this week!
And of course write a few reviews!
I enjoy the ACFW book club as well, not only for the books we read, but mainly for the connections with new people. It is interesting to hear the various points of view from readers of the same book.
Procrastination! Do you think that beast will follow us into the new year, or will we be able to lop off its head before 2023?
Blessings for a Happy Jesus’s birthday!