My friend Marti Pieper recently posted this letter on a writers group I belong to. In it, she gives advice about the journey of publication. With her permission, I’m sharing this gem with you.
Dear New Writer,
Congratulations on a high and holy calling. Mark it as such. That gives you a foundation to return to on the days when the reviews burn, the rejections multiply, and the inspiration falters.
Please, new writer, remember who you are is more important than what you write. Continue to grow your roots deep in God. And don’t forget˜you live in a fallen world.
Observe Paul’s admonition to consider others more important than yourself. As you live out this principle, your words, your relationships, and your writing will grow.
Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy and you healthy. Discover the personal meaning of this commandment. Do your best to add rest and refreshment to each day.
My friend, please take care of your family. When deadlines come or contracts impinge, make sure they know who matters most. When success comes your way,don’t wait for your relatives to celebrate you. Throw a party for them instead.
Yes, new writer, I encourage you to be wise. Learn and practice your craft. Study the markets. Find and listen to mentors. But don’t pay more attention to the ways of publishing than the things of God.
Run to Jesus, new writer, and live. That, more than anything, gives you something to write.