But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.Isaiah 40:31
Cindy Wilson, who has followed this blog since the start, has this Bible quote up on her author page and her blog. I like it. It's one of my favorites.
Lately, I haven't exactly felt like my writing dreams are soaring with God. Don't get me wrong, life is good and I have no complaints, but I just stopped over at Cindy's blog and her web page and somehow seeing the quote made me stop and question where I have been putting my hope.
Where have you been putting your hope? Agents? Your talent? Your mission? Dumb luck?
Right now I am tired, and I have more work to do and family things to do than there is time in the day. Truthfully, I'm lucky to have so many opportunities.
Honestly, I'm tired of thinking about being successful or not as a writer. I have a six year old daughter who wants to get her books out into book stores and I can't help but think that it would be a shame if she let the decision makers affect how she feels about stories and art. I'm going to encourage her to continue making books and help her with getting them produced so that she can share them with her friends.
The moment that her art and stories become about getting published would be a sad day, because right now it's all about her unique vision and style. Plus, the audience that she has right now is composed of the people that she cares the most about. Her stories are already connected to an audience, even if it is a small one.
It might seem like I'm downplaying the getting published dream, but really I'm just trying to put it into perspective.
I guess that I don't really have any great ideas today. All that I can offer is a personal feeling, and that feeling is that somehow I've got my dreams out of whack a bit. Somehow thinking about where I am putting my hope helps me to feel connected to my true purpose as a storyteller, which of course is to tell stories. There's a difference between telling stories and getting them published. All published fiction authors are storytellers, but not all storytellers are published. That does not diminish the dream and it should not diminish the energy of the storyteller.
Best of luck in your writing pursuits and as a kind agent once wrote me I now write to you:
LOOK FORWARD : )