Monday, October 22, 2012

Guest Post by Jan Cline and The Mistaken Blog Tour


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?

Bio
Jan is a freelance writer, author and speaker from Spokane, Wa. She is founder and director of the Inland NW Christian Writers conference.
 
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Thank you Jan!
 
Nancy S. Thompson's The Mistaken blog tour is visiting Carrie Butler and Jeff O'Handley  today! Make sure you visit Carrie and Jeff! This party is still in high spirits!
 
The Mistaken Blog Tour: October 23-27
October 23: Julie Musil
October 25: Matthew MacNish
October 26: LG Smith
October 27: Aimee Jodoin

I'm promoting The Mistaken once a week and on November 1.

Emily R. King is guest posting for me on Friday!

17 comments:

  1. "None of that matters if you know you're supposed to be a writer"

    Excellent, and true! I know I'll be published eventually, I can't not be a writer. I just have to keep putting in the time.

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    1. Thanks S.P...putting in the time is the only step that can't be skipped.
      Sorry it took me a while to reply...I hadn't realized my post was published yet : )

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  2. "Here is the thing…none of that matters if you know you are supposed to be a writer." So true!

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  3. It is bigger than ourselves! Trust me.

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    1. Bigger than ourselves....that's what makes us able to aim so high! thanks Alex.

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  4. She's do right, none if it matters. We write because that's what we're supposed to do, it's who we are. And hey, big waves to Eastetn WA from over here in Seattle! Thanks again, Livia, for all the shout outs! You've proven up be a most stoic supporter!

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    1. Hi Nancy....love, love Seattle! thanks for the comment.

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  5. Well said, Jan! This post deserves a high five. :)

    P.S. Thanks for the mention, Livia!

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    1. Thanks Carrie. I'll take that high five!

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  6. Check that out! I have yet to meet Jan's acquaintance, but this is an excellent post. So glad that you pushed forward with pursuing your dream, Jan. :)

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    1. thanks so much David. Best wishes on your dreams too!

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  7. So true, once the writing bug bites, there's no going back!

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    1. Hi J. A. ... it is like a bug bite. One that itches and we must scratch it!

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  8. great guest post! dedication is the key! keep writing!

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  9. Great post! Thanks for sharing this Jan. Writing is such a difficult process but you're right, none of that matters if you know this is what you're supposed to do. (:

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  10. "Deciding to write a book is the easy part. Writing it is the hard part."

    So true! Great post! :)

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  11. Tara, Elise and Melissa...thanks so much for commenting. You all are a great encouragement. We need to keep prodding each other to move forward and do what we know to do. You are all part of my process!
    Blessings to all!
    Jan

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