Get a Free Ebook

Five Inspirational Truths for Authors

Try our Video Classes

Downloadable in-depth learning, with pdf slides

Find out more about My Book Therapy

We want to help you up your writing game. If you are stuck, or just want a boost, please check us out!

Monday, February 11, 2013

Why Am I a Writer?

Award-winning author, Lena Nelson Dooley, has more than 700,000 books in print. Her book, Love Finds You in Golden, New Mexico, was given the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for excellence in publishing Western literature. Lena is currently under a 3-book contract with Charisma House/Realms. The first book, Maggie’s Journey released in October 2011 and received the 2012 Selah Award for historical novels, and the second book, Mary’s Blessing, released in May 2012. You can find her on facebook, twitter and other social media sites.

The easy answer to this is: Because God created me to be a writer.

Let me explain. God created every person on earth to be unique, with the specific characteristics He wanted them to have. To many people, He gave the ability to put words together in a way that sounds pleasing to the ear and can express His message in unique ways. I’m one of those people.

He also made me a storyteller. I like to weave together a good story that will keep the reader turning pages until the end. One that will stay in their minds and hearts for a time, continuing to bless them with how the characters interacted with our Almighty God. How they grew through the process and became more the people God wanted them to be. Because He also gave me the stories and the characters to live them out.

When I first started speaking to other writers, I would tell them that I didn’t know that not everyone was a writer. I just figured that everyone was just like me. Then I married a man who didn’t read or write. He wasn’t illiterate; he just didn’t like to read or write. As he’s matured, he has started reading a lot more, but he still doesn’t like to write. And that’s okay, because God didn’t create him to be a writer. He has read almost all of my seventeen books.

Did God create you to be a writer? If you have the ability to put words together in a pleasing manner, the answer is a resounding yes.

That doesn’t mean you will be a published author. You will be if it’s in His plan for you.

Some people who write are supposed to bless people by writing notes of encouragement to them in hard times. Other people minister to hurting persons either on their own blog or maybe in an Internet community such as Shoutlife, Facebook, or Myspace.

Perhaps you’re supposed to be the family historian who makes sure the stories of your family don’t fade away. Or you’re supposed to write devotionals, lessons, or other things for your church. You could make a name for yourself as a writer of articles for newspapers or magazines.

In addition to writing novels, I have written a Christmas short story almost every year since the Lord told me to become a professional writer. People around the world are blessed by these stories my husband and I send out instead of Christmas cards.

What I’m trying to say to you is: Find out why God gave you the ability to write, then pursue His purpose for your words.

"A heartwarming tale filled with history, adventure, faith, and love." --Lisa Wingate, bestselling and award-winning author of Dandelion Summer and Firefly Island

The search for her sisters will become a spiritual journey for the entire family.

Raised by her father, Catherine McKenna has never lacked for anything, surrounded by people to take care of her every need. On her eighteenth birthday she discovers that not only did her mother die when she was born, but she has two identical sisters. Although her father vowed not to look for his daughters, Catherine made no such promise. Setting out on her own with one clue and her maid in tow, she's determined to find her sisters.

Collin Elliott has seen better days. After losing his ship to a violent and unexpected storm, he is trying to recover--physically and emotionally. When Angus McKenna sends him to find, follow, and protect his daughter, he wants nothing more than to finish his task and return home. Can he help her find her sisters?

And will the discoveries they make along the way teach them both what's most important in life?


  1. Lena, you are not only faithful in your ministry as a good writer but a very generous ones to other writers also. I did so enjoy that wide smile and hug you gave this aussie at the ACFW Conference in Denver a few years ago.

  2. I love this, Lena. I tell wannabe writers much the same thing. God calls us to use our gifts for His glory. That may or may not include writing, and writing may or may not include publication. Our top priority? Pursuing Him.

  3. Hi, Mary and Marti,

    Thanks for stopping by. Mary, I loved meeting you and your husband face to face after our online friendship of many years.

    Nothing I do would be anything if God didn't lead me through it. As I grow older, my relationship and understanding of him and his presence in my life is growing so much. It gives meaning to every day I live.

  4. Great post, Lena
    You always inspire me.


  5. Wonderful thoughts, Lena. Things we all have to wrestle with as writers! Are we MEANT to do this, and how?

  6. Lyndie and Heather, thanks for stopping by to share your thoughts with me.


Don't be shy. Share what's on your mind.