bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a
storm.” ~ Confucius
force of the change that continue to find success in publishing. This is
different from being tossed about, chasing fads and trends. It’s the ability to
change direction when it makes sense for you. It’s a difficult line to walk, so
today I’m sharing tips to become a resilient writer.
business, contracts are cancelled and publishing houses change ownership. It’s
important to have other ideas to turn to. That’s tough if we don’t keep a list
of them where we can find them. I have a folder on my laptop for ideas. Every
time I come up with a new one, it gets added to the list. I don’t prejudge an
idea, if it pops into my head I write it down.
genre. I read articles, blogs, novels, and non-fiction. I read bestsellers and
new indie authors. It’s important to fill our writing well with the experience
of other authors.
arrived. We can’t sit on success and hatch it like an egg. Publishing is a
process—the journey of a lifetime. When a writer quits investing in learning
and growing, he becomes stagnant.
lot of people out there who like to talk about writing. But that doesn’t make
them writers. These are the type of folks who bail when the writing life gets
difficult. What you need is a core group that will challenge you to push
through and keep writing—No Matter What.
being a writer. We have to learn that rejection of our writing isn’t the same
thing as rejection of us. There are lots of reasons our writing isn’t published,
and it often has nothing to do with how good the writing is.
because it’s the way God made me. He created me for this purpose. To deny this
would make as much sense as a dog trying to live life as a dolphin. I write
because God designed me to write.
slowly. It takes time to master the craft of writing. It also takes a certain
amount of time to hear a yes or no on contracts and article acceptances. Then
it takes time for those projects to come to fruition—online or in print. Every
step of our writing and publishing journey takes time. When we accept this and
learn to live with it, life gets so much easier.
that difficult. For me it boils down to one thing. If I didn’t write, I’d die.
I just don’t have a choice. My advice to you is this. If you can do something
else and be content, then do it.
This is my list to help you become a resilient
writer. I’d love to know what you’d add to it. Be sure to leave your thoughts
in the comments section below.
Edie Melson is the author of numerous books, as well as a freelance writer and editor. Her blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month. She’s the co-director of the Blue Ridge Mountains ChristianWriters Conference and the Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy. She’s also the Military Family Blogger at Guideposts. Com, Social Media Director for SouthernWriters Magazine and the Senior Editor for NovelRocket.com. Connect with her on Twitter and Facebook. Don’t miss her new book from Worthy Inspired, coming in May WHILE MY SOLDIER SERVES.