When we attend a conference like Write Canada. we come away with challenges, to do lists and brilliant writing ideas.
For instance, I redesigned the cover of God Gluttony & You, my Bible Study to be released soon. Then I ordered Scrivener the writing tool everyone raves about. (My jury is still out on that one!) And on and on my list goes. ….BUT dear writer friends, don’t forget to add this to your list. WRITE, WRITE, WRITE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
Brace yourself. There is no room for offense if you are a writer. Of course your relatives love your book; they have to. They are your Mom, sister, cousin. Unfortunately, your relatives are not your editors.
Your editor insists on changes, rips paragraphs to shreds and then discards the whole thing. Take heart. Even best-sellers like Stephen King and James Patterson suffer through this. In fact, people are still re-writing God’s manuscript, even though it hit print several hundred years ago.
Readers will hate your story, dissect your words and complain about your style. They’ll assume your heroine is based on their charming self (let them) but they also fret because surely you stole that bad guy scenario from their past happenstance. No matter.
Carve more writing space into your calendar. Put your heart and soul into each scribble. Expect fear but don’t let it stall you. Submit your work to contests, blogs and magazines, anyone that will take it.
If writing is really your passion, nothing can hold you back. Continue to believe in your message and your calling. Say it aloud. I AM A WRITER, and mean it. Believe in yourself, no matter what others say, because the only thing that can hold you back…is you.
Brenda J Wood http://heartfeltdevotionals.com
More advice for a newbie writer! http://new.inlinkz.com/luwpview.php?id=375682
Someone just gifted me with a wonderful pen. The words on the back of the box say, “Here’s to the power of the pen and those who know how to wield it to create and inspire. We hope you use it everyday.”
You may not be a writer but I bet you write, even if it is only a grocery list. When you hand that bit of paper over to your spouse (so they can shop), what would be the harm of adding a little drawn heart on the corner, or writing “I love you” under the broccoli?
What we don’t feel comfortable saying can be written. Pop a sweet line into your child’s lunch. Scribble a funny line in hubby’s appointment book to help him laugh his way through a bad day. Remind a friend of their favourite verse. It’s a little thing but it means a lot.
After all, God gave us lots of written lines. Look how happy they make us!
And be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold. (Nehemiah 8:10b, AMP)
Prayer-Dear God, thank you for your example of writing encouraging love notes. Now, may we take the time to read them. Amen.