Have you ever tried to draw a face? Not just any face--it has to look like a person, a person you can't look at while you're drawing. In fact, it's a person you've never seen before.
Like most writers, I try to find reference pictures for my characters. I've found some pretty good ones, actually, by stealing characters from TV shows. But I have not yet found a good picture for Drostan, other than one pencil sketch that shows him as 18 or 20-ish. So, I tried to draw him with the colored pencils I got for my fourteenth birthday.
I kid you not when I say my dad looked over my shoulder and asked, "Who's the alien?"
When it comes to drawing, I want to be like my friend who, out of privacy, will not be named. I used to be insanely jealous of this girl. She wrote a 80,000-word rough draft in 30 days, draws incredibly realistic pictures, writes calligraphy as good as a computer program, knits, and keeps track of her two younger brothers while her mom works. I respect her so much that, when I first met her, I wanted to be her.
But I'm not her, and I'm never going to be. And that's a good thing! God made her who He wanted her to be, and He made me just right for me. And He made you who you are for a reason, even if you can't see it yet. Last night, my youth pastor, Tyler McKinney, said that our weaknesses draw us into community. It forces us to find people who are not better than, but different from us; people whose strengths mirror our weaknesses. Most of my friends are better at drawing than I am. Guess who I'm going to ask to draw book covers for me? My dad is great at keeping a clean house, and my mom proofreads his emails. Do you see how we need each other?
I'm getting better at drawing, but I'm far from being a one-girl book-making machine. I can hardly navigate Facebook, much less design graphics for a cover. Forget calligraphy; I'm on my second calligraphy pen in two weeks and it's still the wrong one. But I play piano. I got first place in a competition last summer, and I now have the honor of playing keys on my worship team. Who needs calligraphy when you have "Carol of the Bells" quite literally at your fingertips?
What are your talents? How can you use them to help others--or better yet, glorify God? How have others helped you? Tell me in the comments below; I'd love to hear from you! God bless, and have a wonderful day!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.