I’ve been so freaking nuts since January of 2017, that I have struggled to write anything. At. All. I needed a moment, or a few million, to process what’s going on in my life. Marriage struggles, Author-Agent change ups, disappointment, fear, and numerous other mishaps that shake up life’s long journey. My foot has slipped….
I write romantic speculative fiction. It’s passionate. It’s fantastic. It’s out of this world! My work isn’t Christian. I am a Christian writing through the prism of my faith. Some Christians will not like my work. It isn’t safe. Not in an Amish romance kind of way. My stories take place in imagined, futuristic, or dystopian…
My manuscript is completely obnoxious. I can’t do anything without it seeking my attention. It’s like a toddler out of control in the grocery store. I pick it up and speak firmly, but mostly I’m ignoring that it continues to seek my attention with temper tantrums. What I want is to be a world changer. I want…
Can I say something unpopular? And, I mean it. I’m not going to soften the blow with statements like: Some of you are going to be published sooner than you think. We’re all ridiculous. We have this hope, this idea that somehow the planets will align and our books will be published before the rapture….
Giving our thoughts to God. Every moment. While doing the dishes, laundry, sipping coffee. Thinking on righteousness. Rejecting the inferior thoughts that wander dangerous paths. Giving our words to God. Using our voice to proclaim his goodness, or to encourage others. The fruit of our lips. The creative power we’ve been given used for building…
When I connect with my most important critic, I gather details into my story I never could had I not offered them up in prayer.
The bottom line: If your manuscript is well written and unique, and you connect with the right people at the right time, you are bound to publish your work. That’s encouraging!
Guard with diligence the words that come out of your mouth. What we say is what we believe. If we don’t believe in our stories, NO ONE WILL!
My husband once asked me, while I was in the melancholy state of overthinking and playing out the huge possibility of failure, “What will having a published novel change?”
Regardless of the excuse you may have for neglecting your work, it isn’t okay. Every day that goes by without progress is another day that delays the finished product. We’ve got to chip away at that mountain in order to find the gold hidden in its veins.
Writing, the actual work of writing, is the only thing that will satisfy that gnawing need for accomplishment.
The traditional publishing route is not for those who shrivel up with each rejection. Not for those who can’t bear the burden. It’s not for everyone.