Writers write. Good writers write, study, learn, rewrite, study, learn, and work some more. And it all takes time. Without the study and the work and the learning, we set ourselves up for failure.
When I wrote my first book, I didnâ€™t understand those concepts. I sat down, wrote fast, and submitted quickly. After five years of rejections, I finally realized the truth of 2 Timothy 2:15. And even though Paul is specifically talking about understanding scripture here, I believe we can apply it to writing as well.
Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a workman who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15
The point is to do our best, and in the process, weâ€™ll learn.
For years I was ashamed of my 63 rejections before getting anything published. I was embarrassed that it took me so long to begin the work/study/learn journey. But praise God, Heâ€™s redeemed that time by allowing me to share the truth of His Words and His wisdom with other writers.
So work…studyâ€¦learnâ€¦and regardless of the twists and turns of your publication path, you wonâ€™t have reason to be ashamed. Whether you end up with gobs of published books or gobs of blog posts, you’ll be doing what you’re challenged to do: Present yourselves to God as one who has done the work…and let Him be in charge of the outcome.
In that, there is no shame.
I pray Godâ€™s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,
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