Reading back over the recent Ladies of Suspense posts, I came across Ramona Richards’ post about awards and such. It made me think of something I learned recently.
I have to admit, I entered the Rita. Nothing. I entered the Booksellers Best Award. Nothing. I entered ACFW’s Book of the Year Award. Nada. I entered a couple of others. Nothing. I can honestly say I was happy for those who finaled or won, however, I’m big enough to admit, I would give a sigh and say, “Hm, so what was wrong with my books?” Not that I was whining…much. Still, it made me wonder. It affected me to the point that I was questioning my writing, thinking things like, okay, so my books aren’t good enough, what redeeming qualities does my editor see that apparently no one else does, etc.
Then I really had to have a conversation with God about the reason I was writing. Like God generally does, He set me straight. All in all, He once again reminded me that HE is in control of my writing, my career, and my books. And all of the contest wins and losses. Once I accepted that—AGAIN (I went through all that angst before I was published), I came to a peaceful conclusion that as long as I was writing for Him, nothing else mattered…much. LOL. And then I got the call that I finaled in the Maggie Contest. Of course I was excited and thrilled. And laughing at the way the Lord teaches us lessons. Hopefully I learned it well enough not to need a repeat. Has God taught you anything about your writing in the last few weeks? If so, I’d love to hear about it!