A few days ago, I thought the book I’m now writing would be my last. Why? Because I had reached the middle. Looking back on my writing over the years, I remember how I hit that doubt point with every single book I wrote, except for my first.
With the first, I wasn’t considering if it was good enough or if I was “following” the rules…
So what are those rules anyway? Things established by people who are writers, editors, publishers. Sometimes these rules get too stringent and too literal. A writer can get caught up in trying to be “perfect” while the popular best sellers don’t adhere to these rules at all. We are told it’s because they have already established a name for themselves with readers.
My argument is this. If they established a name for themselves with not following the rules, why don’t we do the same? As I’ve matured, I learned to stop listening to the rule makers of the publishing world. Doing so can cause a writer to lose their voice and become one of the masses.
I don’t want to be one of the masses. I am an individual. That’s how God created me. I want every book to bring hope to a broken world and to honor Him in doing so. If I become a “established a name” author, it won’t be because my work is “perfect.” It will be because what I write is pleasing to God and He deigns it to be so.
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Amen to that! It’s funny because I was just thinking this morning about how I want to be the exception instead of the rule. The rule being what society says we should do and the exception being what He calls us to do. Sounds like you want that too. 😉❤️
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Yes, I do. That’s one of the big issues, in my eyes, the world has. Everyone trying to be what society says we should be…follow the masses.