Friday, March 15, 2019

Lessons I've Learned on the Writing Road

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Following my heart to become a writer has taught me a lot. I still remember the first time I got brave enough to call myself a writer, and the excitement the first time I sold an article.

It wasn’t all rainbows and roses though. I remember the excitement of having my first manuscript taken to committee—and the devastation when the publisher ultimately rejected it.

I wouldn’t have traded a single minute of my experience. Even that rejection was good because truthfully, neither my manuscript or me was ready for publication.

Lessons I've Learned on the Writing Road
  • Talent without persistence is worthless. So much of what we need to know to be successful, no matter what our goals, can be learned.
  • I’m stronger than I thought. If I had known when I started, the hard work and emotional toll getting to this point would take. I would have quite because I would never have dreamed I could do it.
  • Sometimes, ignorance really is bliss. When I first started down this road, I thought I knew everything I needed for writing success. I’m glad now that I didn’t know what was needed at the beginning. It would have been too overwhelming.
  • Quitting is the only path to failure. I’ve found writing success, but a lot of it has come simply because I refused to give up.
  • God is the One who directs my path. I can (and will continue) to make plans—but I stay flexible. I would never have even dreamed of the opportunities God has given me.
  • There’s a big difference between goals and dreams. They both have their place in the writer’s life, but a goal is something who’s outcome I can influence. A dream is something I wish would happen. It’s the difference between having the goal of getting a book published or having a best seller. I can achieve the first by hard work, but the second is ultimately up to God.
  • Detours aren’t the same thing as roadblocks. My path to publication has zigged and zagged so many times it looks like the path Mother Goose’s Crooked Old Man left behind. But more frequently than not, those detours ended up getting me further ahead, faster.
  • Generosity will always get you farther than selfishness. I have never once regretted putting someone else before me. I’d even go so far as to say that I’ve build my career (or at least my platform) by promoting others.
  • My reputation is worth solid gold, but it’s not something I can buy. I can only achieve it and keep it by guarding it. I always try to communicate honestly and above all, keep my word.
  • The joy is in the journey. The people I’ve met, the things I’ve gotten to experience have been the high points, not the achievements.
  • Publication isn’t the sole definition of writing success. Touching someone’s life through the words I pen, whether it’s on a blog or a book or an article, is way more important than a book contract.
These are just a few of the things I’ve learned while on this writing journey. What about you? Has writing taught you anything important about yourself and/or about life? Share your thoughts below.

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  1. Thank you. I needed to read this today. Wonderful encouragement.

    1. Loretta, thank you for stopping by! Blessings, E

  2. I love all of these, but that last one "seals the deal" my friend. Great respect and admiration Ms. Edie. God's blessings...

  3. Powerful learnings, all, Edie! Especially, the one about ignorance sometimes really is bliss. I must say that had I known some of the detours, obstacles, & time involvements ahead I would never have started the journey at all. But I also could never have imagined the many great, interesting people and experiences along the way. Great, great post.
    Jay Wright; Anderson, SC

  4. This was such good encouragement. My morning cappuccino was almost as tasty as this post.
    Thank you.
    I’m enjoying the journey of writing and the little bit of community from other writers. I love having a book in my hand that the Lord and I made... a cover I designed. I don’t really care about getting a name for myself or anything to do with a following. I know we as writers need platform so I engage.
    I’m not sure why, I just don’t need the acceptance that can come with the title author, but I’m odd and introverted and that way in every area.
    I love your list, and I’ve screen shot it so I can print it out as a reminder to not give up and to not quit goal setting or settle for dreams instead of perseverance to the finish line of every book.
    Blogging and writing articles was way easier than publishing books. I don’t want to give up, and I want to keep enjoying the daily life of writing.
    Again, thank you.

    1. Dalyn, thank you for sharing your thoughts! Blessings, E

  5. Thank you and keep up the outpourings of your insights. You truly do help others--including me.
    Elena Corey

  6. I continue to learn great wisdom from other writers. Some are published and some are not published yet. Writing has taught me to enjoy the stories floating around in my mind. Even my non-fiction ideas are blessing me. :-)

  7. Thank you for this encouragement!

  8. Well stated and so true...even for a newbie!