I believe the hardest thing for any writer is when his/her manuscript is rejected or when everyone doesn’t think it’s just wonderful.
I don’t know about you, but my story is like my baby. Anyone who has birthed a child knows what I’m talking about. One’s baby is the most beautiful in the entire world. So when an editor says your baby isn’t just perfect, it hurts.
I’m not a seasoned writer like so many well known authors. Francine Rivers, Karen Kingsbury, Tracie Peterson are some of the best. But if I were to guess, I bet that even these accomplished writers have times of doubt and feelings of failure. We all do. I’m at the top of the list.
I don’t like to admit it, but it’s so easy to slip into depression and feelings of worthlessness when I get that rejection letter. So what’s a writer to do?
1. Dwell upon your Savior—who He is. Exodus 3:15 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Genesis 14:19 the Creator of heaven and earth. Revelations 1:8 The Alpha and the Omega, who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.
2. Ponder who you are in Christ. Romans 3:24 We are justified freely by his grace. Romans 8:1 There is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. Ephesians 2: 6 God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in heavenly realms.
3. Figure out ways to serve others. Galatians 5:13 Serve one another in love.
4. Pray, pray, pray. 1Thessalonians 5:17 Pray continually.
I pray for the Lord’s blessings on you as you pen the stories He’s placed in your heart.