If you are writing for publication, simply craft an irresistible story. Stop looking for short cuts. Don’t print your manuscript on pink paper. Don’t email it to your favorite author. Keep working at it. Develop your skills.
Life as a published author is not an endless tour of book signings. It is a seemingly endless round of sitting at your desk, staring at your computer, and hoping the words you type will carry the spark of life and a glimmer of truth to readers who choose your book.
Insane or blessed?
We are ministers to an unseen audience. Writing is hard, neither a higher nor lower calling than that of the Christian dentist, minister, electrician, or daycare worker. Some days I can’t imagine why any sane person would ever want to do this. Other days, I know I’m the most blessed woman alive.
As writers we struggle against pride when a book does well; we struggle against discouragement when it does not. We try to rejoice when a brother or sister succeeds; we resist the inner editor who would (incorrectly) assure us our work is better. Most of all, we strive to walk in the Truth enough to know what springs from self, and what from Spirit.
Being a writer is a unique joy
None of life’s experiences are ever wasted. If you write honestly, you will bare parts of yourself you would never show a neighbor. Yet you do it, hoping your revelation will spare someone else pain.
It comes to this: creatures find joy doing that which the Creator made them for. Birds put forth effort to soar. Salmon strive to swim upstream. And writers, through hard work, write stories that heal.
But there is joy in the effort. It’s that simple.
Angela Hunt has been writing since 1983 and has learned lots of lessons. www.angelahuntbooks.com.