A writing conference is the great reality check for the ball hog of the writing field. Just a few weeks ago many of us showed up in Dallas ready to pitch our stories and see our writing pals from all over the country.
Did you score one for the other team?
We all hope that we never make the mistake of scoring points for the other team in sports, but what about our writing careers?
In the Christian writing world we are all on the same team. Striving not for our own advancement, but for the advancement of our Heavenly Father. Every time someone on the team scores, it benefits all of us.
We have the amazing opportunity of blessing and advancing our whole team every time we get together. You never really advance yourself by cutting down someone on the same team.
The conference has passed, but the writing journey continues and so should our team spirit. Don’t let pettiness or discouragement get you down. So, someone else got the big book deal and you didn’t, or someone got their dream agent.
It’s time to dance in the end zone with our team mates who found success. Maybe it is as small as surviving your first pitch, to winning a Carol Award. Throughout the ACFW Conference this year My Book Therapy had a wall of shout outs. Let’s continue to celebrate with each other.
Each step of the journey counts. Every day you continue to dream is a success. Today in our writing practice we are going to focus on being a writing community team player.
Here are three tips to boosting your team that I’d like to challenge you to try this week:
*Celebrate a dreamer’s success. Take a moment to recognize, or encourage someone new in the writing journey.
*Celebrate with a writer who has achieved something you would like to achieve. This keeps our jealousy monitor in check and keeps us focused on others instead of ourselves.
*Show appreciation or recognize someone who has mentored you on your journey. We sometimes assume that published authors are tired of hearing someone bluther over them, but I’ve never really heard that from an author. Usually they are encouraged that they have helped someone else.
I have nominated a few dreamers from the writing community that I’d like to recognize here today.
Melissa Tagg Julia Reffner
Newly Contracted Dream Chasing Mom
Amy Lindberg Matthew Sheehy
*Understand Writing Season Priorities
Mentors Who Give Selflessly
Cynthia Ruchti Lena Nelson Dooley Reba Hoffman
Alena Tauriainen Colleen Coble
Robin & Casey Carroll
Inspiring Dreamers Who Have Overcome Adversity
Terri Dawn Smith Arlene Coulter