The path you’re taking seems so long. Each s-curve is tighter than the one before it. At some point you’ve started feeling a bit queasy and uneasy, ready to call it quits. If the path doesn’t straighten out anytime soon you’re going to hurl.
When you started on this journey you thought it would be a lot easier. You thought you’d put some words to paper (or screen), print it out, present it to a publisher then . . . walla! You’re an author! You’ve been published! And all is well. Money is rolling in and the road ahead is paved with golden opportunities that you could never imagine.
It didn’t work out that way. You’ve finished the manuscript and sent it in only to have them tell you, “No, we don’t want this because . . .” It needed too much attention. It needed a lot of editing. Or they didn’t have a need for that particular article or story. Or they want you to hone your skills, go to conferences, get an agent and heaven forbid you don’t have a platform.
Yep. It’s gotten crazy. And you’re plumb worn out.
The question is: What will you do with this problem? Will you quit and never write again? Will you stay the course and keep at it until you have succeeded fully in your dreams and plans?
A few years ago our little town of Hickory had a TEDx talk. One of my closest friends was going to be doing a presentation, so I went to support her. I stayed half the day and one of the other presenters captured my attention with their talk on storytelling. Now, I don’t remember anything he actually had to say, but I do remember the video he showed us at the very beginning of his talk.
The video is comparing our lives to writing stories. How each of us has a hero inside of us just waiting to get out. How our lives mirror the hero’s journey in the stories we read or write. I thought it was brilliant. I think you will too. But the question even at the end of this video, is still my question to you. What will you do with your story? What will you do with your dream?
If you’re struggling to continue on in this writing journey, take some time to remember why you started writing in the first place. What was it that made you go on this path? Find a friend to help encourage you or go on a personal retreat and see if getting away from it for a little while will help to bring you some perspective. Maybe even bring that fire back into your bones to write again.
If God has called you to write, then be a writer. But know this, the journey will not be easy. As they say though, “Anything worth doing, is worth doing well.” Put your heart into it. Or rather, put God’s heart into your work. See what happens. You just may slay that giant after all.
My flesh and my heart fail;
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Go in the Strength of the Lord,
To view the video mentioned above: What Makes a Hero?
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