Blogger: Rachelle Gardner
I was having lunch with a writer friend of mine, and she didn’t seem like she was in the best place emotionally. “I don’t know if I’m on the right path. I’m starting to question whether writing is really my calling,” she said.
“Why?” I asked.
“Because some days… it just isn’t fun.” (She said this with a straight face.)
“Hmm.” I had to think about that for a moment. “Is your marriage fun everyday?”
“Mostly, but…um, no.”
“So… every time it’s not fun, do you question the entire marriage? Do you consider divorce?” I asked.
“Of course not.”
“Well, maybe your path as a writer is similar,” I surmised. “When it’s hard, you try and solve the immediate problem, but you don’t question the whole thing.”
“But…” she wondered, “I thought God is supposed to give us passion for the things He calls us to?”
“Yes… are you passionate about your husband?” I asked.
She laughed. “No, not everyday. I get your point.”
I think your calling to be a writer is more than a feeling that shifts with the wind. Once you decide this is your path, avoid using every roadblock as a reason to question it. Instead, look at whether your calling is being confirmed.
What are some ways to know you’re on the right path?
- Writing fills you with an inexplicable sense of fulfillment and rightness, apart from the question of getting published.
- You know your writing’s improving.
- Someone who understands writing has given you encouragement.
- You’re taking small steps toward publication.
- Rejection letters are getting nicer and more complimentary.
- Your critique group is saying good things and they know what they’re talking about and you don’t think they’re blowing smoke.
- You’ve published something smaller like a magazine article or a contribution to a book.
- You’ve got an agent interested in your work.
Unless you have a total lack of anything resembling confirmation… stop questioning your calling and get back to work!
Have you questioned your calling as a writer? What led to the questioning? How did you resolve it?