Over the past month there has been information and wonderful Barnabas-like blogs of encouragement on Hoosier Ink. Rick Barry wrote, “Serious writers don’t make excuses. They read, learn, and put into practice…” Jeff Reynolds warned, “don’t mistake a sense of urgency with impatience, trying to do God’s work for Him, or getting into panic-mode…We can do our part in getting it published, but we must remember He’s in control.” Joy N. Malik declared, “I’ll keep writing the stories God puts in my heart and leave results and timing up to God.” Nikki Barcus prompted writers to be diligent, to persevere, and to remain steadfast in the faith because there is a season for everything.
For me, May was a season of bad news, including the break down of my car, the loss of my flash drive, and the destruction of my modem by a bolt of lightning. It was the season for me to stay in a computer-less-home with my mother after her surgery.
I believed by the time I returned home my internet problem would be solved. After fourteen days, four hours on the phone with five different techies each promising a different delivery date, a modem finally arrived. Then I discovered the power surge had caused additional problems. I’m still without a car or internet, but not without blessings.
This period of forced abstinence from internet and editing felt catastrophic until I was willing to submit to the circumstances God brought into my life. I discovered time for introspection about a personal obstacle I face in publication—something I can change—my resistance to change.
Is that an obstacle for you, too, or is it learning the numerous tricks of the trade?
Carving out time to study or write?
Rushing ahead rather than preparing?
Waiting for discovery and instant success?
Trying to by-pass industry standards?
Learning to network and use resources?
Resenting manuscript changes that judges, agents, or publishers suggest?
Waiting on God’s timing even though you’re doing all you can do?
Today I’m wondering where you are. What obstacle do you find most daunting on the road to publication? Are you overcoming it? How?