The Over 50 Writer

SOWING TEARS, REAPING JOY by Caroline Powers
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 by Patti Shene

 

 

IT IS MY PLEASURE TO WELCOME AUTHOR CAROLINE POWERS TO THE OVER 50 WRITER. CAROLINE SHARES THE SEEDS GOD HAS PLANTED IN HER LIFE TO HELP HER REAP THE HARVEST OF WRITING SUCCESS.

 

 

SOWING TEARS, REAPING JOY

 

 

by

 

 

Caroline Powers

 

 

 

Some decades stand out more than others. Turning 70 for example. But in two short weeks I will be there. It’s an age I want to accept with grace, while standing strong against discouraging stereotypes lurking in my mind. Imagine my delight to read several of Patti’s guest posts by authors over 70! It’s so encouraging to see that late blooming is not unusual at all.

 

 

 

Of course, most of those authors are not just blooming. They have been bearing fruit for years. But that is not my story.

 

 

 

The desire to write has been with me most of my life, but I was confused about what I had to say. In my mid sixties I finally decided to write a novel. Boom. I’d never even written a short story though I did have a blog for a couple of years that almost no one read.

 

 

 

I quickly learned that fiction is a completely different animal, but I loved it. The learning curve was steep for someone who had never heard of voice or structure(!), but I plunged into writing for hours every day and studying books on craft. I barely stopped for sleep or food. Most, if not all of those early pages have been discarded, but the best advice I ever got was to write it down without judgement because you can’t fix what doesn’t exist.

 

 

 

The story that emerged from my efforts is that of a young woman, Audrey, who has lost her husband in a hit and run accident while riding his bicycle. From devastation she moves painfully into new relationships including friendship with a soldier who is grieving the loss of his leg and best friend to a roadside bomb in Afghanistan. Despite serious and difficult circumstances, the story is laced with lighthearted irony as Audrey comes to faith, forgiveness and reconciliation as well as new romance.

 

 

My foundation for writing was built from being a part of prayer and healing ministry in my church. Because of my own need for emotional healing, I became involved on the receiving end when we joined a church that embraced all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Soon, under the watch of more seasoned ministers I began to give as well as receive. I got more and more training, developed deep friendships, and moved into leadership. Our ministry saw God move in ways that deepened my faith and gave me a passion to see the Body of Christ receive all that Jesus died to provide. In God’s providence, that season waned in my life, but the passion to write stories of healing replaced it.

 

 

 

More Than Ashes is currently in the hands of an editor who offered critiques to anyone who wanted to submit a query and five pages of manuscript. My full manuscript was requested, but it was not selected for a contract. Instead, I got a critique and invitation to revise and resubmit. My revision was recently submitted and I’m hoping for good news. In the meantime, I am excitedly plotting a sequel.

 

 

 

I can only agree with the advice of others on this blog. Don’t give up. Keep writing. That’s my plan.

 

 

 

I encourage anyone who wants to write to consider the irritating grains of sand deposited in your life and the pearls that have grown as you walked with God. They might be the seeds for your message.

 

 

 

CAROLINE POWERS is an unpublished author of one novel, More Than Ashes, with ideas for a sequel. Her writing credits are nil, but she has put all effort into this one project for the past three years. If joy in the doing is any indication, writing is God’s call for this time in her life and this story is the happy result. She is seeking publication and trusting God for the breakthrough.

 


Comments

Caroline Powers From NC At 3/11/2020 2:40:24 PM

Thank you, Becky and Melissa for your comments! What an encouragement to me for stepping out and sharing. I am working up the courage to start a website! And Dave -- We both grew together on the ACFW Large Critique group! Thank you for all the ways you instructed and gave me confidence.

Becky Van Vleet From CO At 3/11/2020 10:49:38 AM

Caroline, you have truly inspired and encouraged me. I am also new at writing in my middle 60s. I really appreciate your advice that you can't fix it if it doesn't exist. I wish you the best and I truly hope you have that breakthrough for publication--I'm sure it's coming!

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Becky. Thank you for leaving a message for Caroline. Her post is definitely an encouragement to us "older" writers!

Melissa Henderson From Mount Pleasant SC At 3/11/2020 10:24:05 AM

Love the last statement. "...consider the irritating grains of sand deposited in your life and the pearls that have grown as you walked with God." Amen. I have learned many lessons from God in every situation.

Reply by: Patti Shene

Hi Melissa. Thank you for stopping by and sharing with us.

Dave Parks From www.elijahblog.com At 3/11/2020 9:51:58 AM

Caroline! It was my special privilege to Beta read your early chapters. Blessings on your publishing!

Reply by: Patti Shene

HI Dave. Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment for Caroline. Sounds like you two may know each other!

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The Heartbeat of the Novel by James R. Callan
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Don't Let Bible Contradictions Rob Your Faith
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Confessions of a Reluctant Reader
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Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks
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Author Carole Johnson on Perseverance
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The Value of Social Media
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