One of the things I’ve come across in my writing career is the impatience of other people; usually our loved ones (spouse, children, siblings.) Often when we talk to them they want to know if we are still writing, where we are in the process and how much longer do we think it will take us. This is unnecessary pressure. It can bring our creative juices to a quick halt, or I know it can mine. The one thing an author doesn’t need is more pressure. However, these well-meaning souls usually have no idea what we go through. They think we sit down at the computer and the words just flow from our fingers. Oh, if it was that easy, right? They have no idea how we struggle to show and not tell a scene, to listen to our characters and speak through their voices not our own and so on and so on… Some have even asked “Why don’t you get a real job?” Writing isn’t a real job? Hello!
When I want to tell them to back off I have to think of Noah. Can you imagine the pressure he went through when he was building the Ark? I’m sure that his family, like ours, wanted to know when he would finish and what he was really working on. Maybe they accused him of wasting time. We might take a year or so to write a novel, probably less once we get rolling, but it took him 120 years to build the ark! To put up with people ridiculing you for 120 years had to take some strength. Yes, of course I know that God gives us the strength to do whatever He asks us to do but that doesn’t shield us from the people who are just looking for and hoping we will fail. Yes, He also gives us the strength and knowledge to deal with them in a way that He approves.
Now I know that I’m no Noah but I do believe my love for writing and my God-given talent is for writing, so I have to believe that God will give me the strength to persevere and finish the novels I have started. I need to “Trust in God with all my heart and lean not on my own understanding.” (Proverbs 3:5) This means I have to turn my writing career over to Him. I really do try to do this. One thing I have found that helps me is to say a prayer before my writing sessions to ask Him to write the story through me and after the session to thank Him for His help.
Maybe you aren’t a believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, if not praying won’t help you with your career. But it is so easy to become a child of God. All it takes is faith alone in our Lord Jesus Christ alone. Remember God knows your heart so all you have to do is tell Him you do believe that Jesus came to earth and died as a substitute for our sins. Sounds easy? It is.
I know God gives each of us a talent to make our living but He leaves it up to us to find that talent and develop it and become successful. God takes good care of His children but He will never give us more than we are capable of dealing with whether troubles or blessings.
Thanks for stopping by. Until next time keep praying and asking God what He wants you to write and keep believing. Remember what He did for the people during Biblical times He will do for us today if we believe. Oh the stories that I could share but I’ll save them for another time.