Why Do You Write Fiction?

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Why do you write fiction? What are your goals?

However inspiring or pragmatic your ambitions, when you suffer loss or are stricken yourself, your perspective will shift in a revelatory moment. In our novels, point of view is crucial. Why do we often overlook it in life?

Consider what matters most.

‘Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth’ Colossians 3:2. Perspective. ‘And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him,’ Colossians 3:17.

If our perspective is clear, perhaps so too will our writing be clear. How much time are you spending with your family, enjoying life and giving thanks to God?

It is likely your words will outlive you and yours; perhaps we ought to spend a bit more time with those we write for. I know I will. Hopefully you take this as it is meant to be taken, with grace, for it is written for you.

Don’t get lost in your writings—make them serve. (See also the uplifting passage in Hebrews 4:12-13)

Working Through Rejections to Win Requests

Jack Canfield, best-selling author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series of inspiring books, wrote “I encourage you to reject rejection. If someone says no, just say NEXT!”

Those of us who have ever submitted queries of our manuscripts to literary agents know the exquisite pain of rejection. Although it does get easier with time, it always stings.

But there’s great news for weary writers! The more you write, the better your writing will be, and eventually an agent is going to be smart enough to notice.

And she’ll say YES, and all the rejections will be forgiven, because all it really takes is one blessed YES.

Actually, what she’ll say is:

‘Thank you for your query. I appreciate your interest in having me represent your work. I found your project intriguing and would very much like to see the first three chapters of the manuscript. Please email me the following attachments in Microsoft Word format (not PDF)’

When I received that email . . . oh boy oh boy was I ever on Cloud Nine! It wasn’t my first agent interest or request for material, but the feeling of gratification such words lend never gets old. When you get an email like that, you feel vindicated. All your hard work is finally paying off; a real-life New York agent wants to read my stuff!

Believe me, it’s worth dogging through 100 rejections and more to open that gift of an email.

So keep working at it, keep sending out those queries. One day, instead of a rejection, you will receive a request, and it will all have been worth it.

Of course, that particular agent or that certain manuscript may not be the ones to springboard you into a successful writing career, but even if so, they are vital steps, and nothing can mitigate the joy of receiving a YES.

I encourage you to keep plugging away. Don’t let anyone or anything keep you from working toward goal. Reject those rejections!

You deserve to succeed. I believe it will happen. This journey of ours may be full of ups and downs, but so are pleasure cruises