By Jennie Atkins
God has given all of us a dream. A dream to write. To reach out to the world with a word of hope by using our fictional characters, intricate plots, and black moments. He wants us all to succeed. At times, it’s hard to imagine such great design. Like when the rejections come, when your critique partner tells you “sorry, it’s just not working for me”, or when the words won’t come and every sentence is an effort.
I read about an author who was tired of waiting and decided to self-publish, just so they could say they had a book published. But what if there next pitch would have landed a contract with a big publishing house? (I am not in any way putting down self-publishing. Instead, my intent is to encourage you to hang in there—see what God has in store for you.)
Make your writing a journey, a voyage through the lives of your characters. Enjoy each leg of expedition, rejoice in the small steps, dance with the big ones, and learn from the hard ones.
Actually, I’m preaching to myself here, as my friends will attest to. I can be my own worst enemy. So remember you are not the only one second guessing the time you spend on the craft, the money poured out for conferences, or your ability to be published. I’m in the trenches with you!
Now it’s your turn. What has been the hardest thing you’ve encountered while writing?