Lynda and I know each
other from a long time, a few weeks after I started blogging in 2010, I met
Lynda. I came to know of critique partners from Lynda’s blog: I won a 10 page
critique on her blog, Lynda’s amazing feedback and suggestions set me on the
road to finding a CP. And when I came to know that Lynda’s book Cling to God, A
Daily Devotional was releasing on October 18, I wanted to be a part of her blog
tour. Lynda was gracious enough to do a guest post telling us about her writing
The Writing Process for Cling to God
Lynda R Young
A big thank you to Rachna for lending me her blog for
today. She asked me to share a little about the writing process to get my debut
devotional, Cling to God, to a ready state.
First up, it didn’t start with me saying, “I think I’ll write me a collection
of devotionals with an inspirational thought for every day of the year.” If I’d
done that, I doubt I would’ve finished. Even the sound of that makes the task
seem far too daunting. No, it started as quick personal thoughts jotted down in
a journal, triggered after reading the Bible.
I was a youth leader at the time, also the chairperson of Elders at my church.
It was easy to share some of the thoughts during Bible study, or as a devotion
before a meeting. It wasn’t until I’d filled my journal that an inkling of an
idea blossomed: It might be possible to turn these into a book to share with
even more people.
Once the book idea formed, the only changes I made to my writing process were
that I became more diligent, writing more than one devotional thought when the
occasion struck me, and perhaps more mindful of the audience I was writing
toward. I also edited them multiple times and collated them into a meaningful
sequence, some relating to specific days of the year. I even polished up my
Excel skills and created a spreadsheet to keep track of the verses, themes and
dates. I then sent the book off to my late aunt who was a professional editor,
then addressed all those red marks the manuscript came back with. Then it was
For a long time it sat in the proverbial drawer, collecting real dust. That
“drawer” was a bookcase shelf next to my computer, and the manuscript with all
the printed spreadsheets, along with all my scribbled notes, stared at me every
day. And the stare got glarier the longer I let rejections conquer me.
Years later… (Yes, I let it sit there for years and watched it get buried by
other notes for other projects) life changed. I was reminded about the
shortness and preciousness of life. Rediscovering the manuscript, I dusted it
off and read through it again. It was good. Good enough to share. It was wrong
not to share it. Initially I thought self-publishing was the way to go, but
quickly shied away from the steep learning curve. So after another update and
edit (because I’d changed an awful lot as a writer) I sent it out again and to
my shock it was accepted.
Did you ever start a project that changed over time? What’s your writing
to God: A Daily Devotional.
by Lynda R Young
Release date: October 18th, 2016
Published by Freedom Fox Press
Tagline: Cling to God in the chaos of life…
Blurb: Cling to God is a book
of devotionals for every day of the year. The aim is to encourage Christians in
their faith, to help them think about their beliefs and learn more about God.
The devotions are short and inspirational so that people with busy lifestyles
will still be able to spend time with the Lord each day. It will appeal to a
wide Christian audience, to those new in their faith as well as those matured
beyond milk and honey.
Author Bio: Lynda R Young writes devotionals,
articles, and speculative short stories. In her spare time she is also an
editor, game developer, artist, and dabbles in photography and all things
creative. She lives in Australia with her sweetheart of a husband. You can find
her here: Blog, Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads
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Here is wishing Lynda loads of good luck from all of