Well, to start with, if we see ourselves as victims of our writing circumstances, we will become victims of our writing circumstances. For example, if we continually bemoan and bewail the fact that we are not yet published, or if we continually complain about editors’ being clueless as to the greatness of our writing, we are choosing to remain victims of our circumstances.
But if, on the other hand, we refuse to focus on our writing circumstances, and if, instead, we start being thankful for wherever we are in our writing journey, then we will begin to overcome our circumstances. Even better, if we start focusing on helping other writers succeed instead of lamenting our own lack of success, we will begin to experience true joy and freedom.
Scripture instructs us in Philippians 2:4 to look out not only for our own interests, but also for the interests of others. When we do, we will begin changing the thinking in our hearts. And when we change the thinking in our hearts, we will become happier and more successful writers.
This is God’s way, the Kingdom way. As Matthew 6:33 reveals, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
Now, I’d love to hear from you. How do you keep yourself on top of your writing circumstances, especially when they are not what you would like them to be?
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