Since I’ve become published, I’ve begun receiving emails, offers for advise, writing tips, that sort of thing… Do you mind if I share my answers here at THE MASTER’s ARTIST? I will share one today and you let me know if should keep this going for my next post.
Good morning Dee,
I* am writing because I have a friend who used to write socially (an occasional blog here and there) but now is writing for profit. She shared that now that she has to do it that it has some how removed the excitement and actually struggles to write now. Has that been your experience? I'm asking because I love writing as well and enjoy doing blogs when given the chance but if this more than I thought it would be then I'm not sure if it is for me.
Thanks in advance for your guidance and input.
I'm honored you came to me with your question.
I've been a professional writer and journalist for more than ten years, long before I became a published novelist. Although the bulk of my writing assignments are paid ones, I still write for free. And I still love to write.
What your friend may be going through are the adjustment and reality of professional writing. When I first began to write professionally the deadlines, contractual obligations, editorial guidelines, editor remarks...the business of writing...almost jaded me. However, I talked to God about this and he showed me something that changed my perspective. My love of writing returned.
We are The Master's Artist. Sometimes we write for Him and the only compensation we receive is the joy in glorifying God, and sometimes the compensation includes a gift from Him and a promise of his providence. When we gain writing gigs that compensate we have to also remember what God says about work. We also have to make sure that the work we do is a part of God's plan for us.
Let Your work appear to Your servants,
And Your glory to their children.
17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be upon us,
And establish the work of our hands for us;
Yes, establish the work of our hands. Psalms 90:16-17
There are a variety of reasons why your friend may not be happy with what she is doing. I could go on for pages about what the cause may be. However, I don't know her or what company she is writing for.
In gist my advice to you is always to talk to God before you sign a writing contract. If you take the assignment understand this is a business and to work accordingly. Work is work. Be disciplined. Do your best work. Hold up to your commitment. No excuses. Get it done. Writing isn't glamorous or a fairy tale career. It is work. It is great fun. It is a blessing. Don't let anyone kill your desire to do this.
Dee Stewart is a Christian magazine editor, journalist, publisher of Christian Fiction Blog and runs an arts and literary PR firm DeeGospel PR. She also writes suspense novels for Kensington Books. SOMEONE BAD and SOMETHING BLUE, Book 2 in her Angel Crawford Series releases July 2012.
*The names will be changed for privacy reasons.