Monday, December 27, 2010

The Tale of the Birds' Nest

My aunt and uncle own a home with a stone facade and wood shutters. The neighborhood birds discovered the adage, "location, location, location," and decided it provides an ideal place to raise a family. You see, their neighbors own several bird feeders and keep them well stocked. Very cool! A birdie supermarket right next door.

Feeling magnanimous, my aunt allowed the nest construction. She soon regretted her generosity when the "deposits" began.

The following year, they discouraged the birds from selecting their house. Ah, but the future parents persisted. Only diligent effort on my family's part kept them away.

Negative thoughts are a whole lot like those birds. They land on our heads and try to set up housekeeping.

"Traditional publication is almost impossible." Let me get my broom and sweep that thought away.

"There are so many great writers out there. What chance do I have?" Get out the craft books, study the blogs, and write, write, write.

How do you keep a positive attitude in a tough publishing climate?

23 comments:

Jessica Nelson said...

Good question and good analogy. I try not to think about those negative things because people DO get published all the time. I try to think about the people for who it happens, writers just like me who toiled and hoped and if it happened for them, it can for me :) But also, I think about why I'm writing and how much I like it, no matter what!

Wendy Paine Miller said...

I hang on tight to the dream and shove off discouragement.

~ Wendy

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jess -

Yes, we've seen many of our friends get agents and contracts in recent months. There are slots out there for new writers.

The acceptances on my non-fiction writing help fuel me with the fiction. I'm also gaining credibility as a writer.

I know we'll be celebrating your success in the future. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Wendy -

We have a choice whether to listen to the negative thoughts or press on. Like you, I choose to go forward. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Jeanette Levellie said...

Great analogy, Suze.

Sometimes I don't fend off the thoughts, then I sink in the muck of Eyore thinking. But that's no fun, and so lonesome.

I love to read the Word of God, especially the Psalms. David's words encourage me when I'm ready to give up. I also like to listen to praise music, to get my mind off my little self.

Happy New Year!
Jen

Diane said...

If God has given you this idea than nothing will stop it. Hang in there. Hugs :O)

Penny said...

This reinded me of a piece I wrote some years ago called, "Keeping God in the Nest". It was "inspired" by a birds'nest in the back porch rail. The cat used to sit and watch while I watched and sweat -- and prayed for the safety of all concerned. Have you had this published, Susan. If not, go for it! Blessings.

Penny Smith said...

Susan, I rarely leave comments because I can't figure out how to edit out typos. Woe is me. LOL.
If you didn't get my previous comment about the birds' nest, let me know. Blessings.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jen -

Sometimes I'll stop and ask myself, "What got me so down?" It's surprising how it can be the smallest thing. I'll turn it over, examine it, and bring it to the Lord.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Diane -

Great point! After all, following His instructions takes priority.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Penny -

If you email me, and I'll try to help you with the comment problems.

I haven't submitted this anywhere, but thanks for the idea.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Marja said...

Great post Susan, thanks!! I read motivational books, I read quotes on writing/publishing that will keep me focussed, I hang on to God's promises for my life and yes, ofcourse, reading blogs (like yours) helps a lot!! Thanks.

Jean Fischer said...

Another great post, Susan! Freelance work has been tough lately, too. A lot of prayer and trusting in the Lord's timing keeps me going. I also try to remember that my passion for writing is my reason to write -- and publication is a bonus.

Faith Imagined said...

I try to focus on how blessed I am in other areas! Sometimes I can get so focused on what I don't have (publication) and forget that I'm walking on many Promise Lands (husband, children, church, etc.) that God gave me freely!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Marja -

Someone loaned me a couple of motivational books. They did encourage me. Like you, focusing on God's promises for my life means a lot.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jean -

Funny you should mention God's timing. I tried to write about my experiences walking through grief and difficult times. It's only in recent months I've been able to see some interest in that subject from editors.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Alisa -

Oh, good point! We often focus on the 20% of our lives that aren't so hot, while ignoring the 80% that's wonderful.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Ferree Bowman Hardy said...

Hi Susan, Good question, and I wish I had an answer! Since I don't, I really benefitted from the conversation and comments from others. You have a way of making publication sound like an entirely reasonable outcome whereas I imagine it a miracle! LOL Mostly tho, I consider the question of whether or not my stuff is published as God's problem and it'll happen in His timing as I follow Him. (I hope!)

Janna Qualman said...

It's about consciously replacing those negative thoughts with positive ones, and then reinforcing them. And awesome support system is key!

Best to you, Susan, in 2011!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Ferree -

There are many things we can do to catch the eye of an editor or agent. Learning the craft is primary, putting it into practice, and submitting our work will go a long way toward getting published. :)

Blessings,
Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Janna -

A support system is critical, especially when those rejections arrive. I'm so thankful for all my blogging friends.

Happy New Year,
Susan :)

Patti Lacy said...

What an amazing post! (Like so many of yours)

The only thing I can do is write for that Audience of One, Colossians 3:23-24 style. Do the VERY BEST that I can.

For Him.

Blessings,
Patti

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Patti -

Thanks. :)

I agree totally with your focus.

Blessings,
Susan