Letitia called before Sunday, very excited. “I have a great idea!” she said. “I’m going to write a book about the story of my life. I’ve had so many different things happen to me, and I just know it will be a great book. And lots of people will read it and maybe I’ll make a million dollars on it! But there’s just one problem: I don’t know what to call it. I can’t think of a title, but I’m working on it.”
She was calling from our mutual friend’s phone, and I could just picture him smiling and saying, “Why don’t you call Lanita and tell her your idea?” The jokester.
“Well, Letitia,” I began, “you really don’t need a title yet. Since you’ll have to write 60-70,000 words before you’ll have a book, you have plenty of time to choose a title.
“And writing a book is really hard work.”
“Oh, I know that!” she agreed. “But that will be a great way for me to learn what I need to learn for my GED. I can write it and when you correct it for me I’ll learn from my mistakes. And I know that I might not make a million dollars, but I could still make a lot of money.”
“Okay!” I responded. “Let’s start with that page I asked you to write on one topic. Have you written that yet?”
“No, because I didn’t have any paper. But Sam gave me a notebook and I’m going to start writing in that.”
And what did you do with the legal pad I gave you?
“Well, bring just your one page on one topic. Bring it Sunday.”
And that’s the way we left it. So many additional thoughts flitted through my head during the conversation.
How can you write a book when you can’t produce a page?
If I can’t get my book published, how could you? (Yes, I confess condescension here.)
You don’t have a computer and can’t type. You don’t even use email on the library computer.
Even though you can tell me a noun names a person, place, or thing, you continue to identify “said” and other verbs as nouns.
I’m so glad I only offered to help with English proficiency—no math, science, or social studies.
Why, Lord, why?
So is it any wonder that I don’t get much writing done?
As I daily pray that God’s priorities will be my priorities, along comes Letitia. So I guess I’ll just keep working with her, realizing that she is one of God’s priorities. “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33.) If God wants me to write more, he’ll let me know.