If I could sum up the reasons for failure, I would call them the three Ds: Discouragement, Depression, and Despair.
Discouragement is the first D. It creeps up on us when we get a rejection, a negative comment from an editor or fellow writer, or any setback that makes us feel less good about ourselves as writers.
Depression is a deeper form of discouragement, a deeper level,, if you will. Depression is insidious in that we can fall into it unawares and, once there, it’s hard to extricate ourselves. Often, we need someone else’s help to get us out of depression.
Despair is the loss of all hope for any kind of writing success. Despair often leads a writer to give up on his dream and on God’s dream in him.
All three Ds originate in Satan’s lie and must be resisted with the truth of God’s Word. If you are suffering from any of the three Ds, start speaking God’s Word even if you don’t feel like it. Force yourself to speak words of life so that your thoughts will begin to line up with life instead of with death.
Remember: you are not fighting in your own power, but in the power of Jesus Christ. Let that power flow through you. Soon the three Ds will be replaced by the three Cs: Courage, Commitment, and Confidence.