Today, we’re going to be talking about your story.
Not your novel, or poem or even song. I’m talking about your life story. Or to put it simply, your journey as a writer.
Let me explain:
Have you ever felt that people seem to be having a better life than you? They got 1,000 followers on their blog, they’re published on big sites like the Rebelution, Kingdom Pen, they have a top author for a mentor and on top of that, they have a book contract!
It’s hard and it can be painful. I struggled with this last year when the Rebelution’s Young Writers Workshop was launched.
I chose not to join , and watching other people having these wonderful experiences was hard. But I had trusted God that He will open a door for me.
And He has, from a simple reminder, a blog post and an email.
But that took a long time, and neither of those moments happened at the same time.
So what did I do during those moments when I felt low?
I prayed, and thanked God for helping get to where I was.
I looked at those writers and started talking to them, realising that I only knew a fraction of a long and very hard story.
I found a community of people who were at different levels in their writing journeys and very encouraging .
But that’s part of my story, and there is more to come.
Your story is going is to be different from mine, but here’s the thing:
‘No two lives are the same.’ No two stories are the same. That’s what God taught me last year, and I stress that people, writers, athletes, musicians etc. understand that.
So now what do we do?
We take steps. We start writing, join a community, start a blog. You will get there, and if you trust God, it’s going to be better than you imagined.
Next week, we’ll look at the importance of having a good community.
How about you?
Where are you on your writing journey right now?
How do you deal with other people’s success?