By Martha Rogers
We make so many excuses for not submitting our writing. I don’t have enough time to finish a manuscript. I’m too young. I’m too old. I’ve got too many rejections. I don’t have an agent, or I’m not good enough. Any sound familiar?
Time: We all have the same amount. We can find even fifteen minutes in a day to write something. Obligations can steal our time, and sometimes those obligations come because we can’t say no to requests to be a volunteer or be on a committee. Prioritize and choose activities wisely.
Rejections: Of course, rejections come with the territory, and when one realizes that even the most famous of authors also received rejections, those letters become less frustrating. Rejections can be the stepping stones or building blocks to better writing.
Agents: Attending a conference with agents available is one of the best ways to make contact and find if you are a fit with him or her.
Age: If I had used the excuse of age, I would never have been published. Age doesn’t matter when the story is one an editor wants.
Lack of confidence: We all face doubts about our writing. Even multi-published writers can sometimes harbor doubts about their next book or series. When God calls us to a task, He will equip us to do it. This is where critique partners, conferences, books on writing and workshops play a major role in building confidence.
God expects us to finish what we start and be obedient to His call. When we’re obedient to that call, He will give us what we need to complete it no matter what our excuse may be because He who began the work in us will carry us through until it’s completed. Galatians 6:9 tells us not to grow weary when we’re doing God’s work because we’ll reap a harvest when God sets the time.
Do whatever it takes to write. God will help you find the time. At other times He may tell you to wait a season and take care of other things first. Listen to His voice and calling. Write as much as you can when you can. Be patient, and pray for His guidance in all that you do.
Jeremiah tells you to call on Him, and He will answer and tell you great things you do not know. Jeremiah also tells you that God has great plans for you, plans to give you hope and a future. So press on to what God has called you to do whether it is to wait for a season to begin or to work hard now, for pressing on will lead you where you need to go.
So what excuses have you used to keep from submitting?
Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009 and writes a weekly devotional for ACFW. Martha and her husband Rex live in Houston where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. A former English and Home Economics teacher, Martha loves to cook and experimenting with recipes and loves scrapbooking when she has time. She has written two series, Winds Across the Prairie and Seasons of the Heart as well as several other novels and novellas. Love Stays True, the first book in her new series, The Homeward Journey, released in May, 2013 and book 2, Love Finds Faith, in February 2014, and book 3, Love Never Fails released November 2014.