Congratulations to DiAnn Mills on her new release Burden of Proof! I’m especially excited to have DiAnn as a guest on my blog today. It’s a very special occasion – Launch Day for Burden of Proof! Here’s DiAnn…
Writing is a series of keep on keeping on. Our minds are geared toward the latest project while balancing social media and staying up to date on the craft and changes in the publishing industry.
We waken at 3 a.m. with a forgotten deadline looming over us like a bad case of flu. Yikes! How did I miss that! We bolt from the bed and race to our computers to confirm what we already know is true. For the next few hours until the rest of the world wakens, we’re digging ourselves out of an unfinished manuscript. I’ve been there, and you probably have too. Our scheduled writing day now means doubling up tomorrow, and we think seriously about giving up writing and handing the task to a more capable writer.
Many of us thought writing would be free of the worries and hassles of a boss. We longed for the day when we could toss aside the need to clock in, stay late, and arrive early for a job that didn’t excite us. We craved to be a writer. But we’ve discovered numerous demands are made on our time and effort from: publishers, agents, editors, copy editors, publicists, critique partners, readers and family responsibilities. Is this worth it?
Dear writer friend, we can’t go there. Don’t even think about quitting, or I’ll be camped at your front door balancing a computer, dictionary, thesaurus, and triple espresso. Our conversation won’t be pretty. Abandoning our dreams can cast us into a pit where failures and weaklings whine and complain. Who wants easy and manageable?
Creativity is part of our DNA. Our blood races with the joy of arranging and rearranging words. We thrive on stories that contain amazing characters, unique plots, witty dialogue, purposeful setting, deep emotion, and even editing. Our job can be strenuous, but look at the rewards of a worthwhile manuscript that touches our readers’ hearts?
If we think back to the time when writing began as a dream, the urge to communicate through the written word became so powerful we didn’t know what to do with the idea. Ignoring it made the need greater. A realization swirled deep inside us. We could no longer deny our calling as a writer.
- We sensed the power of touching the world with our prose.
- We drew on our passion to entertain, inspire, and encourage readers with story.
- We found a purpose in our lives, one that is richly fulfilling.
Let’s make a list of why we love writing. Use sensory perception and feel the emotions of a job well done, a job worth all the effort.
My encouragement to you is to keep on keeping on.
How do pull yourself back up when life threatens belief in yourself?
If you’d like to be entered in a book giveaway for my newest release Burden of Proof, comment below.
DiAnn Mills is a bestselling author who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She is a storyteller and creates action-packed, suspense-filled novels to thrill readers. Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists; won two Christy Awards; and been finalists for the RITA, Daphne Du Maurier, Inspirational Readers’ Choice, and Carol award contests.
DiAnn is a founding board member of the American Christian Fiction Writers, a member of Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, Mystery Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, and International Thriller Writers. She is co-director of The Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference and The Mountainside Marketing Conference with social media specialist Edie Melson where she continues her passion of helping other writers be successful. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country.
Connect with DiAnn here: www.diannmills.com
Deborah Clack says
Thank you for the encouragement, DiAnn! I can’t wait to read your latest!
DiAnn Mills says
Hi Deborah, thanks so much! Hope to catch up with you soon!
Joyce Dunaway says
Thanks for the encouragement. Over the past three days, God has impressed on me the words “Don’t Quit”.
I will listen to Him, despite the urge to stop. I know His timing is perfect. May He perfect me while I wait.
DiAnn Mills says
Hi Joyce, you are not alone. We all want to quit sometimes, but let me echo God’s words and encourage you to keep writing and working on your craft.
Hope Welborn says
Thank you for these encouraging and realistic words, DiAnn. Writing isn’t easy, but that isn’t the point. We write because we must. 🙂 I’m looking forward to your new book! Blessings!
DiAnn Mills says
Hi Hope, thanks for your comments! Yes, write we must. If writing was for everyone, then everyone would be writing. So, we pick ourselves up and keep at it.