Get a Free Ebook

Five Inspirational Truths for Authors

Try our Video Classes

Downloadable in-depth learning, with pdf slides

Find out more about My Book Therapy

We want to help you up your writing game. If you are stuck, or just want a boost, please check us out!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

BEGIN WRITING WITH PSALM 37:4 IN MIND


Robin Lee Hatcher is the best-selling author of over sixty books. Her well-drawn characters and heartwarming stories of faith, courage, and love have earned her both critical acclaim and the devotion of readers. Her numerous awards including the 2000 Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the 1999 and 2001 RITA Awards for Best Inspirational Romance, Romantic Times Career Achievement Awards for Americana Romance and for Inspirational Fiction, and the 2001 RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Catching Katie was named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.

Robin began her writing career in the general market, writing mass market romances for Leisure Books, HarperPaperbacks, Avon Books, and Silhouette. In 1997, after several years of heart preparation, Robin accepted God's call to write stories of faith and hasn't looked back since. She has written both contemporary women's fiction and historical romances for CBA publishers, and in 2009 her 60th book, A Vote of Confidence, was released, launching a new series (The Sisters of Bethlehem Springs) that looks at the question, "Who says a woman can't do a man's job?" The setting is Idaho during the WWI era.

Perseverance has much more to do with success than talent does, so that's where I always begin when someone asks me about how to get published. As with anything of value, getting published takes sacrifice and commitment. Are you willing to give years to the endeavor without seeing any visible results? Sometimes (many times) that's what it takes. I have two friends who both wrote 10 novels over about 10 years before they made their first sales. Would you continue to write even if you never get published?

For Christians, of course, there's the faith element about their writing. Are you seeking God's face? Did He call you to write? Are you willing to follow Him no matter what, even if the road He takes you on diverges from the one you want to be on or takes longer than you planned?

I have often seen quoted a line that goes something like: "God wouldn't have given you the desire to write if He didn't want you to be published." I don't agree. He may want you to write for an entirely different purpose. Psalm 37:4 says, "Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart." (NASB) This verse is often misinterpreted as, when you delight in the Lord, you'll get what you want. But the true meaning is, when you delight in the Lord and love Him above everything else, He will change the things you want into the things He wants.

Remember, there's a danger in wanting to be published so much that you make it an idol. Want Jesus more, and then be amazed by the blessings. Follow what He has called you to do, and you won't go wrong. If He has called you to write, then write. Pursue excellence with everything you have; don't give God second best. Write for Him and not for an editor or a critique group or even with the goal of getting published. Write to please the Lord, and leave what happens to your work up to Him. If you do, you can’t go wrong.

A Vote of Confidence
by Robin Lee Hatcher

Put up or shut up! Complaining about Bethlehem Springs' dissolute mayoral candidate, Gwen Arlington is challenged to take on the role herself. For seven years, she’s carved out an independent life in the bustling mountain town of Bethlehem Springs, Idaho, teaching piano and writing for the local newspaper. But now she’s a single woman running for mayor — and in 1915 this decision is bound to stir up trouble.

Morgan McKinley is fed up with the delays that hinder the construction of New Hope Health Spa, a place where both rich and poor can come for rest and healing. New to the area, he has determined that serving as mayor would help him push through his agenda for progress.

Gwen and Morgan each want to prove they are the most qualified candidate, not only to voters but to each other, and so sparks fly as the two campaign. Although Morgan has learned to guard his heart as fiercely as Gwen guards her independence, could they learn to be allies instead of adversaries?

To read a review of A Vote of Confidence, click here.


4 comments:

Keli Gwyn said...

Great post, Robin. You touch on some points about perseverance we wanna-be-published writers don't always like to hear but which are nonetheless so true.

Writing a great story is no guarantee we'll see our names on the covers of published books. There are elements out of our control. We have to be willing to keep writing for the joy it brings us and not expect things to happen on our timetable.

I've completed five inspirational historicals in three years, double finaled in the 2008 Golden Heart, attended four writing conferences, and yet I feel my journey is just beginning. I want to savor each step along the way, trusting that when and if the Lord wills, I'll receive The Call. In the meantime, I'm off to have some more fun with my characters. :)

Sheila Deeth said...

Thank you for your wise comments. I remember years ago "knowing" that I was just given words so I could delight in the Lord. Now I keep wanting to be published, and maybe I should just relax and go back to where I was. I guess maybe sometimes it's just me keeping the door open a crack when God wants it closed.

Ane Mulligan said...

Thanks for the encouraging words, Robin!

LOVED Vote of Confidence!

pat jeanne said...

Thank you, Robin, for your words of wisdom for writers. I especially appreciated those on perseverance. All the best on A Vote of Confidence. Pat