Are You Called to Publish?

Posted: March 9, 2011 in books, Fiction, General, novels, writer, writing, Writing/Publishing
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Last time we looked at the question of whether one is called to write. And while that is certainly a valid question, the followup to the question is often much harder to ask and the resulting answer can be difficult to digest. If it is asked at all.

Most beginning writers I have met equate writing with novels and non-fiction books. Seeing your name on a book’s spine is exciting, but there is so much more to writing than that. There are academic study guides, ad copy, business writing projects, web content, greeting cards, plays, commercials, corporate scripts, fillers, short stories, essays and any number of other outlets for your writing talent.

And there are the non-published outlets. Is it possible you have been called to write in a journal? Write for your church newsletter? Are you called to write letters for the blind or elderly? Are you called to make calligraphy cards and notes that will brighten someone’s day? Is it possible what you see as a call to write has less to do with publication than it does using your gift to enhance the lives of others? Is it possible you may never know the effect that answering that call will have on others?

It’s a question we all have to answer.

You see, not everyone can (or in some cases should) be published. But that doesn’t negate their talent and gifts. But what it DOES do is cause us all to stop and reevaluate what purpose our writing really serves. Being called to do something by the very nature of the call itself, means we are willing to follow that call to wherever it takes us.

Even if it takes us somewhere we hadn’t planned on going or initially don’t want to go.

  1. A.M. Kuska says:

    Publishing has actually come pretty easy for me, in the short story world. I think if you want it, you’ll work for it. Unfortunately, you’re also going to have to give up a heck of a lot of pride for it too. The first step is admiting that article you spent weeks slaving over may still be slightly less than perfect. That’s hard.

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