Rita Gerlach has published three historical novels which received high praise from book reviewers and readers. Currently she is writing a novel set along the Potomac River and England’s gentle countryside entitled Beside Two Rivers, a story of love and loss, prejudice and acceptance, in a volatile era. She has articles in Writers Gazette, Will Write 4 Food, Write to Inspire, and the print magazine The Christian Communicator. She's a member of The Western Maryland Writers Guild and the American Christian Fiction Writers association. She lives with her husband and two sons in historic Frederick County, Maryland.
NJ: (Happy birthday, Rita)
Perseverance, Patience, and Humility
Sitting on my desk is a small piece of cross-stitch that I finished years ago. It says,
‘Commit your works to the Lord’
Beneath the verse is a cluster of red tulips, a basket, garden gloves, a trowel and a watering can. There isn’t a day gone by that I do not see those words before my eyes. Committing your work to the Lord takes perseverance, which has a few different facets that define it. Tenacity, steadfastness, grit, and determination, but never pride.
As an aspiring writer, ask yourself if you have the grit to continue writing after receiving rejections and harsh critiques. Do you have the steadfastness to improve your writing? Are you willing to learn the craft of good storytelling? Do you have the determination to continue to send out work? Do you have the tenacity to remain true to your goals, even if it means it could take years before you have your first book published? Can you be persistent and humble at the same time?
For a writer to truly become masterful it takes work, and you can never believe you've so arrived that you no longer need to improve or grow. Pride can lead to a fall. A humble heart keeps you open to learning.
Be patient in your search for publication. Do not rush it. After you have polished your manuscript to a high sheen, and you are ready to submit, study how to write a query letter and book proposal. Make a list of publishers or literary agents you wish to submit to. If you get a rejection, know that this is the norm. It happens to every writer. Just move on. Keep submitting. In the meantime, write another novel.
The industry may be tough. But there is one thing for certain. Whether you are published or not, no one can say you are not a writer, and no one can take away your gift. Only you can decide what you will do with it.
Surrender the Wind
When American patriot Seth Braxton inherits his grandfather’s estate in faraway England, he inherits more than an isolated manor house. He falls in love with the daughter of an eccentric landed gentleman, and uncovers a plot that leads to kidnapping, murder, and betrayal.
Juleah’s independent spirit and gentle soul win Seth’s heart, enraging the man who once sought her hand and schemed to make Ten Width his own, in this stirring tale of fidelity and forgiveness.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
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