Use It or Lose It

Writing is so glamorous. I mean, we get to flop on a couch in sweats and messy buns with a coffee IV hooked up to our bloodstream and a good stash of sugared snacks (well, some people like carrots, not that I’m naming any names) as we spin tales for imaginary friends.

Yes?

NO.

Writing looks more like this:

At least for me. (Don’t tell my editor, but my next story is due to her this week and I have thousands of words left to write. For serious.)

So why do it? Well, let me tell you a story. (Ha! See what I did there?)

I’ve been writing my whole life. Even growing up, I wanted to be a writer (and a lawyer, astronaut, ballerina, and missionary…all at the same time). But when I came home from my freshman year at Bible college in Canada, I let that dream slide. It wasn’t until I married my husband and we lived in Georgia that he and my mum encouraged (read: nagged) me to get serious. It was something my mum said that almost scared me back to writing. “Use it or lose it.” Yep. That did it. I started dabbling in writing again, but didn’t really become serious about it until two-and-a-half years ago. I met some local authors here in Nebraska and started connecting with others around the country and world.

It was when I joined the American Christian Fiction Writers that I really got serious, however. It was through one of their courses that I wrote Count Me In. And because I’m from Vancouver, Canada—the gorgeous Pacific Northwest—I just had to set the book in a familiar place to me: Seattle. But more on that another time.

Writing became cathartic for me. I write romantic comedy because this world needs a breather, a moment of levity amid the evil. A moment of grinning during a chemo treatment. A genuine giggle during a time of depression. I needed all these moments myself, and couldn’t believe I was the only one. But it’s even more than that. I write because it’s a gift, a desire the Lord has given me. I write to glorify Him through words strung together to tell a story He wants a reader to hear. Some may read Count Me In and see only “fluff” fiction. Others may read it and get some nugget of truth. And there may be that one person who reads it and has a wall broken down. It’s my prayer that I always think of writing as God using my fingers on the keyboard to reach just one person (more would be fab, though), that they would know His love, His mercy, His forgiveness.

So why do I write? Because it isn’t my story, but God’s, and He’s chosen to use this sinful, unworthy daughter of His to tell it.

What is something you love to do and already or hope to share with the world? We can’t keep our gifts to ourselves! As my mum would tell you, “Use it or lose it!” 😊


Mikal Dawn is an inspirational romance author, wedding enthusiast, and proud military wife. By day, she works as an administrative assistant for an international ministry, serves in her church’s library, runs her kids to all their sports, and drinks lots of coffee. By night, she talks to figments of her imagination as she attempts to write while dinner is burning. And drinks lots of coffee. When she isn’t writing about faith, fun, and forever, she is obsessively scouring Pinterest (with coffee in hand, of course!) for wedding ideas for her characters.

Originally from Vancouver, Canada, Mikal now lives in Nebraska with her husband, their three children, and one ferocious feline. Connect with Mikal on mikaldawn.comFacebookTwitterInstagram, and Pinterest.

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  1. Loraine Nunley February 17, 2018 at 12:09 am - Reply

    I can so relate to your post Mikal. I’ve known my whole life that God gave me a gift for writing, but I’ve dragged my feet doing other things instead. Now, like you, I’m focusing on developing this gift. I definitely do not want to lose it. 😉 Thanks for a lovely reminder that God gives us these gifts expecting us to use them for His glory.

    • Mikal Dawn February 17, 2018 at 5:15 am - Reply

      Thank you so much, Loraine! It’s definitely something I still struggle with. I don’t want to lose it, but sometimes finding the motivation in this season of life when my kids are heavily involved in sports and we’re rarely home…. I wouldn’t trade this season for anything, but oh, how I would love a few extra hours (and lattes!) each day.

  2. Austin Ryan February 18, 2018 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    I love this so much <3 I have found truth in so many books in this genre. Not even truth "intentionally" put there, but a character will pull a heart string, remind me of someone I know, or their hurt is like mine, and before you know it, a paperback has become an emotional and spiritual counselling appointment. And that is the reason I can't look at this genre as fluff anymore. Oh, and my something is writing 🙂 among other things.

    • Mikal Dawn February 21, 2018 at 2:49 am - Reply

      Yes!! Even the romantic comedies (says the author of…ha!) have deeper messages beyond the laughs, and it’s more often than not the reader who needs those deeper messages who sees them in romance. I love how you say a book has become “an emotional and spiritual counseling appointment.” LOVE that. <3

  3. Beth Olsson February 21, 2018 at 2:55 am - Reply

    I love that picture. That’s what I looked like last night! Thank you for the encouragement 🙂

  4. Mollie Rushmeyer February 28, 2018 at 6:51 pm - Reply

    Love this, Mikal! That’s my prayer too, that someone will read something I write and it’ll spark a conversation with our Creator. Maybe even bring them closer to Him. I love your writing and I think there’s much healing in laughter! I like to laugh while I’m reading. That’s when my husband looks over at me like I’m crazy! “Oh, that’s just my fictional friends getting up to something again. Don’t mind me!” 🙂

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