|My writing partner Morgan Tarpley|
The most recent positive reinforcement to push me further into my new writing career was the acceptance of a travel article with photo, in International Living Magazine's Members Only Communique. In addition to my wonderful friend's encouragement, advice, and technical support, it was a tremendous boost to have a professional publication actually pay me for my work.
I said all that to say this--don't let anyone deter you from following your dream. While my family has always been supportive of me, they never pushed me out of my comfort zone. Some of us need that extra shove. In 2007 my son was determined to go far, far away to college. While I was not too keen on the idea, I never tried to deter him from his dream. I gently reminded him of the consequences of making such a move--about 1,500 miles from home!
Even when he called me the
first week of college, homesickness strongly evident in his voice, I encouraged
him to follow his dream. I told him to stick it out for one semester and then
if he really wanted to come home, I would be more than happy to make it happen.
Within a week he was making new friends and loving his new school life. I am so
proud of him. He has since graduated and is settled into a wonderful job for
over a year--in that same city--Boston. Far away from his Louisiana upbringing.
|My son Daniel and I after his graduation from Boston University|
If your dream is a writing career, go for it! Don't think it will happen overnight. I walked into a writers conference in 2011 with my dear writing friend. We spent one year learning the industry--and it has been an experience. I didn't know I knew so little about something--other than brain surgery! I am still in the learning the process, but I have come a long way.
Currently, I am seeking representation for my completed manuscript, but I am not giving up. Perseverance is the first and foremost component of success. God is still revealing to me whether my writing is a calling by Him or a gift (or sacrifice) to Him. Either way, I feel it's something I should do.
Do you know someone that could use some encouragement to persevere? How have you encouraged others or been encouraged on your writing journey?
“Your love has given me great joy and encouragement...” – Philemon 1:7
“If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and thatvoice will be silenced.” - Vincent Van Gogh
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something and that this thing must be attained.” - Marie Curie