Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Clash of the Titles Conquerors

Clash of the Titles conqueror, Tina Pinson , shares her long journey to publication and how to stay true to the Writer Within—the one God made you to be.

I started writing in elementary school. I felt like God gave me a love for words and a grand imagination so I should put them to use.

I would write my stories and people would see the unique writer God made me. Editors would read my stories and be astounded (more true than not when they saw how horrible my editing was).

I won awards for poetry and songs. Published short stories, took writer's courses, finalled in the Noble Theme Contest (Genesis), and had an agent ask to manage me.

Years passed… no contract. Was I a horrible writer? No. It just wasn’t my time. Still, it stung. God never said it would be easy. He said to persevere.

People told me that Christian Fiction was a waste. They said if I really wanted to use my writing for the Lord, I'd write devotionals, or do a biography about someone who had done great things for the Lord.
I wondered if they were right. I wasn't getting published, maybe writing novels was stupid. So I tried to write like everyone else thought I should. It turned out bea u ti full y. NOT.

God gave me my words and my imagination. When I didn't use it in the way he ordained, I felt listless. Why? Because I needed to write God's will. There are people I was created to touch. If I'm not true to the writer God made me, I may not reach them.

I settled on the fact that I should write Christian Fiction. Now that I had that settled before myself and God, the editors would come calling. I would have a contract soon.

More time passed.

It hit me, while God had promised to meet my needs and give me a most awesome future, he never promised I'd be published (never said I wouldn't, either).

That was tough to wrap my head around, I couldn't believe God would give me these stories and not let me publish them.

So, I took matters into my own hands and self-published my own books, and God saw that they were good and blessed me immensely.

Yeah… and I never color my hair either.

I learned volumes, spent volumes and shed a few tears. Does self-pubbing work for some people? Yes, but not for me.

I ended up in a funk. My brain was all over the place. Words failed me. I thought God was so upset with me he took my gift of writing away.

Shallow thoughts, but they plagued me. I had to go right back and lay my writing, my pride, at God's feet. He filled my imagination and life with promise again. A promise that I'd never lost, I just didn't see it because my own desires made the truth so murky. God promised to use my words—me –even if I never became published. I also learned I could use some preparation. I had some work to do, some things to learn.

I worked on my quality of writing. Rewrites. Editing. But I had to work on more than the written word. I needed to tend to the quality of the writer within.

Toward the end of 2009, God answered, and Desert Breeze Publishing contracted two stories.

I just needed to be the writer God wanted me to be and stop bouncing from one plan to the next—to continue forward, and keep my focus on God's plan. I had to stop pushing, stop trying to be like other writers and remember to be myself. To not do so was to lose sight of the unique qualities God formed in me.

Now, before I let my emotions and thoughts get the best of me, I remind myself to go to God and rejuvenate my mind and spirit.

To reach that place… I rely on one of a writer's greatest assets…
Prayer. That's where every story begins.


  1. Good advice to a new writer like me. Thanks.

  2. What a wonderful, affirming post, Tina. God bless your journey!

  3. You're so right about prayer being the foundation for every story. God gives us the desire to write, so it makes sense to go to Him as the true editor of our stories.

    Congratulations on not giving up when discouragement seemed to win over publication.

  4. What a great message. We all need to be who God created us to be, not who the world says we should be, regardless of the field we work in!

  5. Thanks for stopping by,

    Your comments made me think of the verse about being instant in season... being who we are and doing what God called us to. Regardless of what season of life we are in physically, spiritually or in our writing

    And like Kathi said regardless of what field we work in.
    I pray for clarity in every part of your journeys


  6. This post is very encouraging. That "wait" bit is the hardest though. Blessings on your writing!

  7. Thank you Tina for showing us not to give up on our journey. A few years ago I was working in a job that I loved when I started it but with management changes and that they wanted to people who questioned the new management out, I lost my job. I was so hurt and upset and I was lost. I didn't know why God would let this happen to me. My children were grown and out of the house and I truly didn't know what I was going to do. But I learned real quick there was a plan for me. I started going to church with my Great Aunt again and soon there was a new addition to our family. Our son was born a year later and during that time I decided I wanted to start writing again. I did a lot of writing when I was younger and in college but life got in my way and I stopped. SO God opened my eyes after I lost my job to show me I was going to raise a little boy and that I was going to work on my writing. If that means classes, research or even just meeting other great writers and hearing their stories then thats what I'm going to do.
    So Thank you for being part of my plan to learn everything I can for now. God Bless