Monday, December 13, 2010

Hold Onto The Vision - Part II

How do we get to the point where we want to quit? I've pondered that question for several months.

I'm convinced the root is fear. With all the rejection in this industry, guarding against this enemy provides a special challenge.

I can only speak for myself, but I often wonder if I have what it takes to be a published author. Am I good enough? Oh, I can read craft books and write, write, write, but do I have that spark that grabs a reader and doesn't let go until the last page?

Yet, in my heart of hearts, I know God's called me to write. In the face of rejection, whose report will I choose to believe? Years ago, a Bible School teacher gave this anagram on fear:

False

Evidence

Appearing

Real

Allow that to sink deep into your spirit. It will affect not only your writing, but also your entire life. I choose to believe the report of the Lord.

Have you ever dissected the root cause of your discouragement? Your wisdom and experience might help another writer.

18 comments:

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Susan, thanks for this post today. I love writing and had a certain outlook on it for many years but this is encouraging me to look at it from a different angle.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Good Morning, Cindy -

You're welcome! I also love writing. It's one reason why I must guard against anything that would rob that joy or short circuit God's plan.

Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate everyone who reads and/or comments. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Karen Lange said...

Always thought that anagram was a good one to remember. I often trace my thoughts and events to see where I got tripped up. Yes, the Lord's report, the best one to trust! Thanks for the encouragement.
Blessings,
Karen

Ryan and Melanie said...

Thanks for this post! I think it's key that we just keep writing for God...the audience of one.

I always feel encouraged here. Thanks, Susan.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

When I look at circumstances, it's not pretty. A surefire way to remain at peace is to keep my mind stayed on the Lord (Isaiah 26:3).

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Melanie -

Thanks! I'm glad you're enjoying this blog.

Yes, when I look at what others are doing, saying, trends, etc., I begin to think some formula will work. When I put a lot of prayer into my writing and submissions, I'm peaceful, and God opens doors I thought were closed forever.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Marja said...

Discouragement, fear, disappointment, critic, procrastination, lack of inspiration... I have many enemies when it comes to writing... but I do it anyway :)

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

I like that! Thank you!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Marja -

Bravo! I like what Joyce Meyers says: "Do it afraid."

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

You're welcome!

Blessings,
Susan :)

Stephen Tremp said...

I only get discouraged if my writing interfere with family life. There has to be a balance. Sometimes I have something great I have to write. Its an idea that comes to me and I don't want to lose it. But at the same time family matters beckon. This can be frustrating, but I have to take notes and come back later and hope I remember what it is I want to write.

Jean Fischer said...

I try to remember that God's purpose and timing are perfect. For some His purpose might be publication, and for others it might be to open their eyes to something along the way. It's more about the journey than the result. Don't quit!

Those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.--Isaiah 40:31

Blessings.
Jean

Jeanette Levellie said...

Yes, I have thought on this many times, my dear friend. And came to almost the same conclusion you did: believing lies will lead to discouragement.

The lie that God has not called me; the lie that I must be published to validate my gift; the lie that no lives can be touched by my writing unless it's stellar; the lie that I must know the right people to get a contract.

The truth is: God has the last say. And I'm in league with Him. So, I turn my back on the lies, and keep writing.

You keep at it, too, honey. If only one person is touched by your words, it's worth your time.

Love you oodles,
Jen

Dolores Ayotte said...

Susan...I really enjoyed this post today. I'm an anagram person myself and you have shared a wonderful message here by using one to explain what fear is all about. It is along the same theme as my guest writer's post on my blog. I hope you take a moment to read Audra's take on "fear". I think you'll enjoy it. Thanks! :)

Britt Mitchell said...

I'm afraid...

I'm afraid of rejection...of writing something that sounds great to me and stupid to others. I'm afraid of "getting out there." But people like you and posts like this help me become strong again. Thank God!

Rhonda Schrock said...

I don't think I've ever heard that, Susan. Thank you!! I'm going to remember that.

What an encouraging word for today. Bless you!!

Faith Imagined said...

I sometimes dream about what it would be like if God didn't give me the desire to write. My life would be so easy! I would find contentment in so many other areas.

However, I know I wouldn't have grown spiritually as much as I have. I know that writing causes me to draw closer to Christ because what He expects from me is beyond what I'm capable of doing without Him.

Nancy said...

What an encouraging post. I love that anagram. That says it all about fear. I hope you keep going with your fiction. You have something to say and fiction can be a powerful tool.