Monday, November 28, 2022

Learning to Be Thankful for the Difficult Parts of Writing as well as the Wonderful Parts

by Ane Mulligan @AneMulligan

Have you watched HGTV's show The Ugliest House in America? As I watched the episode when they announced the winner, I thought how thankful the owner must have been to have the ugliest house, since they now got a $150,000.00 makeover by a top celebrity designer. 

We writers give God praise and thanksgiving when we get a fantabulous idea for a book, finish a book, sign a contract, win a contest, become a bestseller. 

But do we thank Him for the ugly? The writer's block? Rejections? Contest losses? Hard criticism from a contest judge? There are a host of other uglies in a writer's life. But we are promised in Rom 8:28 that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love Him. So why not thank him for those, too?

I believe if God allows something (rejection, block, loss, etc) in my life, He will teach me, mold me, grow me from that "ugly," and in the end bring good from it. So I need to thank Him for ALL things. 

Most important, a thankful heart is a yielded heart. One that God loves and can use.


Ane Mulligan lives life from a director’s chair, both in theatre and at her desk creating novels. Entranced with story by age three, at five, she saw PETER PAN onstage and was struck with a fever from which she never recovered—stage fever. One day, her passions collided, and an award-winning, bestselling novelist immerged. She believes chocolate and coffee are two of the four major food groups and lives in Sugar Hill, GA, with her artist husband and a rascally Rottweiler. Find Ane on her website, Amazon Author page, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, The Write Conversation, and Blue Ridge Conference Blog.

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