It's so important as writers to make sure we're keeping the right attitude as we write. Sometimes it's easy to get so caught up in the elements of our story that we forget about something even more important than those, and even more important than how well we're writing: our hearts.
Today I'm here to give you a short post about that. In case you didn't notice. xD
As writers, the end goal for many (if not all) of us is to get published. We want to make money off of our books- and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that! (as long as it's not too important)
But there's another thing we want: recognition. We want people to recognize us for what we did. Because here's the deal: writing a book is hard. I don't care if it's 40k or 150k- it's not an easy thing to do.
So by the time we're done with our first drafts, we're often tired, worn out, and unmotivated.
Then we have to edit.
Then we have to edit again.
And maybe edit a couple more times.
Sometimes we might even have to write a whole new second draft.
The point being: it takes time. It takes energy. It takes passion. And it takes some good, hard work. (If you're one of those people who thinks sitting in front of a computer never counts as 'actual work', then go write a book. :P)
But in the end, our goal in writing shouldn't involve recognition of us.
And I'm just gonna be honest with you guys. This is something I deal with. A lot. It's so easy for me to get caught up in how good I think I am instead of how good God is.
In the end, every writer is a mirror. And instead of reflecting ourselves, God calls us to something much greater.
He calls us to reflect Him.
Does this mean you can never be proud of your work? Of course not. Writing a book is something to be proud of.
But there's a balance. A balance between being proud of your work, and still making your goal to glorify God. If you have trouble with the balance here, then I'd like to ask you something:
How's your heart?
Sure, we can be proud of our work. But when we realize that God is the only reason we have fingers to type with, the only reason we have a brain that allows us to spell words, the only reason we can write at all, we realize that only through Him can we accomplish anything.