Writing is an overwhelming career. It’s not just about putting the imaginary world that lives in our head onto paper for others to enjoy. That’s half of being an author. The fun half. The other half is evil. No other word for it. I lie. There is another word for it. It’s marketing.
Writers pour our souls into our manuscripts until we are wrung dry. And then just when we think we can rest. Take a break. Have a cup of coffee. We can’t because we must snap a picture of it first and tweet about it. Then write a post on Facebook about the aforementioned coffee. By the time we get around to drinking it, it’s cold. And we’re tired. So then we must post about how tired we are. And the cycle continues. It’s exhausting.
Then there are the blog tours, speeches, research, vlogging, editing, more editing, and did I mention editing? More tweets. More pictures of our cat. Writing articles about how we’re beginning to suspect that we might not be a great marketer, despite our four-year degree in marketing management. Okay, that last one might just be me.
Then there’s the critiques, suggestions, and flat-out rejection.
Being a writer is oodles of fun.
I can’t believe I’m actually getting paid for this! Oh, wait. I’m not. Not yet at least.
So why am I doing this?
I must admit I do ask myself this question quite a bit. But I’m quickly reminded that I’m not doing it for myself. I’m not even doing it to inspire others with my incredibly cute cat pictures. I’m doing this for God. And when I feel overwhelmed, I have to remember that as impossible a career in writing may seem, it’s not impossible if I’m doing it for God. If He’s in it then I will succeed.
Commit your actions to the Lord, and your plans will succeed. Proverbs 16:3 (NLT)
So the next time, dear writer friend, you’re feeling overwhelmed by the sheer amount of coffee memes you must post to make it as a writer, remember you can do it with God’s help.
Even something as seemingly impossible as having an illustrious writing career is very much possible with God.
Jesus looked at them intently and said, “Humanly speaking, it is impossible. But with God everything is possible.” Matthew 19:26 (NLT)
Now excuse me while I go take a picture of my coffee.