As a writer, I have a lot to be thankful for. I always dreamed of sitting in a room doing nothing but creating a good story. Now that dream has come true. But about that doing nothing part—well, there’s a bit more to it than that.
I’ve worked hard for the last few years writing Christian fiction for Steeple Hill. I love my job and while I do work at home, it’s still a job. I have to take it seriously. It took me a while to gently train my family and friends, regarding this job. But most of them respect my working hours and try not to abuse the fact that I’m home and I can set my own hours.
I also work part-time for a local magazine and that forces me to actually leave my home office and get out in the “real world” a few times a week. I like that job, too, because we all need social contact with live human beings and not just those voices inside our writer’s head!
Writers don’t have a problem being alone with themselves. Some people are social animals and feel the need to always be where the action is. Writers aren’t necessarily that way. We love being with other writers and we love talking about writing but when it comes to the real work, we crave that alone time to get the job done. We have to take that seriously or we’d never get anything done.
Writers also have to be tough-skinned and confident. This is a hard business, full of opinions and rejections. If we let every little thing get to us, we won’t last very long. It seems personal, the criticism and all the things we can’t control, but we have to get over the sting of rejections and criticisms and get on with making our words count.
That is one of the blessings of being a writer. We get to create our own words and those words can touch other people’s lives in a powerful way. It’s a blessing but it’s also a responsibility. We should never take our talents lightly or squander them away. So if you’re reading this and you’re down or wondering why you should keep trying, remember you have a responsibility to develop your talent and your craft because there just might be one person out there waiting to read YOUR story.
My wish for you this Thanksgiving is that you will hold steady to your own dream, whether it’s about writing or reading or helping a friend or just finding the kind of job you’ve always dreamed about. The real blessing is that we are all free to choose our paths, with God’s guidance. That is the best Thanksgiving.
http://www.lenoraworth.com From Love Inspired Suspense:The CHAIM series:Heart of the Night (January 2009)Code of Honor (April 2009)