And get this: writer's are expected to do all of this BEFORE they are published.
Do you ever burn out? On one of the loops I'm on, a writer posted that she was ready to throw in the towel. She believed God had called her to write and she'd been doing just that for many years, submitting to publishers and getting zero response. She was tired of getting rejections and questioned that maybe she wasn't supposed to be writing at all if no one was going to ever read her book. She reasoned that perhaps her time could be better spent doing other things for God.
I know how she feels. I wrote for 34 years before being published in novel form. At times I questioned whether or not I was wasting my time, but in the end I kept writing.
Because every time I was ready to give up, God sent some form of encouragement to me. And in my heart, I knew that was what I was supposed to be doing. He also promised me that my mother would hold my book in her hand before she died. My mother was 91 at the time. On January 13 of this year, my mom held my book in her hands and even read some of it. She passed away 18 days later.
I discovered something else this year--it's not just the published books that make a difference in someone's life. I met a lady at a conference where I was speaking and she bought my book. After she read it, she emailed me, telling me how much she enjoyed it. Then she went on to tell me that she'd discovered a few errors and that I might want to fix them. While it was too late for this book, I was touched that she cared enough to point them out to me. Since she was experience in a area of my current heroine's expertise, I quickly emailed her back and asked her to proof my manuscript before I turned it in to my editor. And she did.
What a difference her help made! After I turned the manuscript in, I wanted to do something nice her, and since she came to the writer's workshop, I thought she might like a book on the craft of writing. But she very nicely turned me down. Said after reading my manuscript, she realized how much work went into writing a book and thank-you-very-much-but no-thank you.
Then she went on to tell me that she believed God brought her to the workshop just to meet me and to get to read my manuscript. Turned out she had the same unresolved issues my heroine did and seeing it through the eyes of my fiction character helped her to come to terms with her problem. And her life would be richer for it.
I read her email and cried. And I don't usually cry over ANYTHING. But in that instant, I knew why I write. If one person is changed or helped by my words, that's enough.
How about you? Why do you write? Or do anything that you are passionate about? Share your thoughts in the comment box!
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I asked God to teach me patience and He gave me a book to write