I have a hard time calling myself a writer because I’m not published yet. OK, I’ve published an article or blog here and there, but I have yet to hold my published novel in my hands.
I have to remind myself that I write not for publication but because it is my gift and what God calls me to do. I write because I can’t not write.
Writing is writing
I used to feel that if I wasn’t working on my novel, I wasn’t writing. Then as I was working on a presentation for a marriage ministry, I realized I was writing. I was pulling from personal experience, being creative, using my gift, and honing my craft. Anytime you put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) you are writing.
It seems everyone I run into is writing a book, would like to write a book, or has thought about writing a book. But ability isn’t always the difference between published writers and those still waiting for publication.
Published writers faced rejection and kept writing. They never gave up. Gone With The Wind was rejected 38 times. Just because one publisher doesn’t accept your work doesn’t mean all will turn you down. Keep refining your story and sharpening your skills—and be prepared.
As long as you are writing and honing your craft—you’re a writer. Write because you love to. Write because you can’t not write. And never give up.
Heather Kreke is a graduate of the Apprentice, Journeyman, and Craftsman courses. She lives in Pittsburgh PA with her husband and two daughters. Heather’s passion is to inspire youth to seek God’s will for their lives.