By Loretta Eidson
To win a race requires planning ahead, seeking out appropriate training methods, pacing yourself, and pressing toward the goal. It takes an inner drive to jump the hurdles of daily obstacles in order to build muscle and stamina. The dream of winning is exciting. But let’s face it—not everyone looks forward to the time and effort it takes to make that dream a reality.
Plan: Becoming a writer may not require running a physical race, but it does entail long hours of studying and practicing the process of effective writing. Being willing to dig in and apply what you learn is the first step toward success.
Train: Taking writing classes or attending writers conferences are great ways to stay refreshed in your writing skills. There are a multitude of instructional books that will answer every question that arises. Practice writing, reread, edit, and read again.
Pace yourself: Allowing others to critique your work is like an athlete facing try-outs to see if they made the team. Nervous anticipation peaks. Putting yourself out there takes courage as well as a willingness to follow through with suggested changes.
Press on: One of the biggest mistakes made as a writer is comparing your work with the success of others. In doing so, feelings of inadequacy become overwhelming and can suppress the desire to write. Be happy for those being published, and know that by pressing forward and committing the time necessary to fulfill the call of God in your life, you too, could someday see your name in print.
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” Hebrews 10:36 NIV
What an amazing promise God made for those who will persevere. The key here is to be diligent. If He has called you to write and you take all the steps necessary to be properly trained, then, He can open doors of publication you never dreamed.
Not every athlete wins the race, but the ones participating are winners already simply because they did what was required and gave it their all. Your article, devotion, or story may not make it to the best sellers list, but you are still a winner because you persisted and completed your work. You didn’t give up.
Quote: “No matter what happens, no matter how far you seem to be away from where you want to be, never stop believing that you will somehow make it. Have an unrelenting belief that things will work out, that the long road has a purpose, that the things you desire may not happen today, but they will happen. Continue to persist and persevere.” – Brad Gast at Living3.com
Loretta Eidson won second place in Gary Chapman’s writing contest for Love Is a Verb with her story A Christmas Miracle. She has multiple stories published in various anthologies. Her romantic suspense novel placed in the top ten of the 2013 Genesis Contest, the top three in the 2014 Genesis Contest, and was the winner of her genre in the 2014 Novel Rocket Contest. Loretta can be found on Facebook, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+, and Twitter.
Your post is inspiring. About a year ago I made the decision to pursue writing. I jumped in with both feet and accepted the Nanowrimo challenge last November. In the following months I studied all I could make time for about writing, including attending three writers conferences. I learned enough to realize I have a lot more to learn. I like what you said about participants in the race already being winners. That is encouraging. Thanks for posting.
Outstanding! Run the race.
So agree! What a great post. And remember, the wheels in the publishing world turn very s-l-o-w-l-y. 🙂
I just started studying the publishing market this spring and attended my first professional workshop this summer in Cedar Falls, Iowa. For others like me who are reading this, it is so true what they say about perseverance and a willingness to learn.
I am emersing myself in reading and started to blog a month ago. I enjoy finding other beginners and experienced writers along my way.
Thanks to the many who have succeeded who take the time to remind and encourage the novice–or even the pre-novice like me.