It's not as easy as it seems. . .
People think an author sits and drinks lattes as words stream from her pen. Then off to submit to agents and editors. In a few weeks, voilá - a contract. Soon, royalties come streaming in, and the celebrated author is on the way to her villa in Santorini. Or maybe Tuscany.
SO not the way it is!
That story above? Well, it's a fairy tale. Don't be fooled.
Being an author is more like putting your bottom in a chair and writing, posting, submitting, revising, emailing, networking, learning. . . all in a day's work. And most of the time, with no sign of success.
It's easy to get discouraged when:
Welcome to the realities of an author.
But before you feel sorry for me, remember this:
I LOVE MY WRITING LIFE!
So, along the way, I need to take the time to reflect and be grateful. When I do, I realize there are bright spots. . .
I'm learning to be thankful for what comes my way, and to be content with were I am in my author's journey. This quote reminded me once again of the dangers of comparison:
"Comparison is the enemy of contentment. It doesn't matter whether we compare our life circumstances to other people or to a master plan we've created for ourselves, the results are the same. We miss the excitement of what God is doing in our lives because we are upset over what He isn't doing. We critique His plan for our lives against the one we've drafted. When circumstances fall short we assume He is missing the mark, scarcely considering the possibility that we could be missing it instead." - Kurt D. Bruner in "Traveling Light"
What things drain your contentment and leave you dry? To what or who do you compare yourself? Let me know in the comments below. . .
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11/20/2019 09:31:20 pm
Jarm, thanks for the reminder. It's all too easy for us to lose focus. The Kurt Bruner quote really hit the mark!
11/20/2019 09:50:11 pm
I’m glad it was an encouragement to you, Jetta. Thanks for stopping by to read my post!
11/20/2019 09:58:21 pm
I go dry when I look around and see how well everyone is doing. Then I feel disappointed in me.
11/21/2019 10:31:32 am
Awwwww. . .thanks, Rinda! What a wonderful attitude you have.☺️
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My MG Biblical fiction "The Heart Changer" debuted in 2019 with Ambassador International.