Please welcome Jan Cline!
For years I put off my dream to be a writer. I don’t think I fully appreciated the importance of that call on my life. Even though I loved writing, it seemed to be a frivolous indulgence of time and energy. And as most writers experience in the beginning, not many friends and family take you seriously when you announce your hobby is now your passion and occupation.
Little did I know how narrow the road and how challenging the task of writing would be. Deciding to write a book is the easy part. Writing it is the hard part. Then it really gets tough with editing, rewrites, more editing, submitting your work to that magazine or publisher, rejections, more rewrites and so on. Patience is tested to the limits and doubts about your abilities, stamina, courage and other character requirements come and go like the wind.
The publishing waiting game can push any writer’s buttons. The process from article or book to publication moves slower than ever these days. The economy, more competition and changing markets have had their effects on everyone in the business, from writer to editor to publishing house CEO.
Here is the thing…none of that matters if you know you are supposed to be a writer. If we truly love what we do and know we have something to say that’s bigger than ourselves, we do what we must and press on to our goals. Committed writers know they must take on the bad with the good—the disappointments with the joys.
The world needs more good words that will uplift, encourage, enlighten, inform and entertain. So we pick up our pen and paper and begin the work we know we must do. The waiting is part of the process and we use it to our advantage.
I have a job to do and I’m ready to do it. I just might be close to that dream come true. Do you feel it too?
Jan is a freelance writer, author and speaker from Spokane, Wa. She is founder and director of the Inland NW Christian Writers conference.
Thank you Jan!
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