Continuing with Encouragement Week… featuring posts from years past, each offering a little inspiration for your writing journey. I’m away from the blog, but I’ll be back next week with all-new posts. Enjoy!
Everyone knows getting published is an uphill battle. With few exceptions, it’s a long, difficult and often frustrating road with the possibility of heartbreak at every turn.
(I’m so optimistic today, aren’t I?)
Many of us have a desire, a dream, a passion to write books. And we want to be published authors. So today I want to remind you that you are going to have to fight for it.
You’ll have to fight off impatience and develop fortitude. You’ll have to fight off insecurity and believe in yourself and your God. You’ll have to fight off weariness and build perseverance. You may have to fight off pride and learn humility. You’ll have to fight off all the forces that constantly endeavor to hold you back or keep you down. You’ll have to fight through the obstacles.
And remember, whatever doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. (I love a good cliché now and then.)
We Christians talk a lot about how God uses our trials and tribulations to make us into the people we’re supposed to be. Sometimes it feels like a bunch of platitudes. But the concept is true and it’s powerful. Our challenges make us what we are, what we can be. Ask yourself: How am I being shaped and strengthened through the trials of this writing journey?
When you get a rejection or yet another disappointment along this road, try not to ask Why? Instead, ask What? What can I learn from this? What is it trying to tell me? What can I do better?
And then, look at your rejection letter, or your painful critique, and say, thank you.
In the words of my favorite Christina Aguilera song, Fighter:
Made me learn a little bit faster
Made my skin a little bit thicker
Makes me that much smarter
So thanks for making me a fighter
Are you a fighter? Do you want to be? Do you disagree that you need to be? Tell me about some of the challenges you’ve fought through.
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