I used to think, 'If only I could get one story published, I will quit everything else, and focus on writing.'
I thought having one story published would officially announce to the world that I am a writer and I could be steadily employed thereafter.
I have learned some very important lessons since my first article was published.
1. Writers must work very hard. This saying is true: writing is 10% inspiration, 90% perspiration.
2. A few writers have editors and publishers approach them, but most, even published novelists, have to submit queries and book proposals and jump through all the same hoops as first time novelists.
3. No matter how wonderful writing is, there is still the nasty business part of the job. Why can't literary agents write book proposals, queries, and do record keeping? (I suppose successful writers employ assistants for a reason!)
4. The most important virtue for a writer is patience. Waiting to hear back from agents and editors may be the worse type of waiting, unless I keep busy writing something new.
5. No matter how little I earn as a writer, I will still write. I'm afraid my writing habits are sort of like a strange addiction, for which there is no cure.
Thankfully, as a Christian writer, regardless of how much I earn, I am working for the Lord.
Leo Tolstoy said:
"It is within my power either to serve God or not to serve him. Serving him, I add to my own good and the good of the whole world. Not serving him, I forfeit my own good and deprive the world of that good, which was in my power to create."
Now, I think...
If only the Lord will allow me to write something to touch someone's heart and life, I will be pleased.