Posted by Janice D. Green on Sep 16th, 2012 | 7 comments
Why do you write? Are you hoping to become rich and famous someday? Or do you write because you have a passion to reach people with a message that is bigger than life itself?
Writing is not an easy way to make a living. There is a certain element of legitimacy in the old stereotype of the starving artist/writer. A few make it big and their success becomes the carrot that dangles in front of the thousands of writer wannabes who create the slush piles for countless editors.
Do you sense that God has called you to write? If so, you have an added incentive to follow through with your manuscripts to get them submitted and ultimately published. For the truly called, writing is not merely an option, it is a mandate.
Just as God calls us to be faithful stewards with our money, he also calls us to be faithful stewards with our talents and abilities.
God may give us wonderful messages to share with our readers, but he isn’t likely to dictate the stories word-for-word to us. We must develop our writing skills and hone our craft if we are to be successful in reaching others with our message. God gives seed to farmers and it is up to them to plant, nurture and care for them before they get a crop. The ideas God gives us, like seeds must be given time to germinate so we can write them. Then we must tend our garden of words through careful review, revisions, critiques, re-writes… a revolving process that may go on for months or years before the final harvest.
Do not become discouraged if you know you are called to write. Success may not be measured in dollars and cents, or in the number of readers your words reach. Success may come through a much needed letter written to a friend at just the right time. Know that God is perfectly capable of matching up your writings with the people who need your message. God may choose to bless your efforts with recognition and financial blessings in this life, or like storing up treasures in heaven, you may receive your blessings as a part of your eternal reward.
Somehow the second option sounds even better than the first, so keep your eyes and ears open to God’s leading, and faithfully tend to your crop of ideas and words, as your Heavenly Father leads you and tends to your needs.
Doesn’t this sound like a win-win for Christian authors? It certainly does to me. Would you share with us some of the ways you measure your success as a writer? Thanks!