How To Wish Wisely On Your Writing Journey

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Do you ever wonder how some people seem to have everything going for them? It’s almost as if they have golden wishes. All they have to do is wish for something amazing and it is theirs.

A contest win, an agent, a contract . . .

The list goes on and on. We see them sit in the golden glow of realized wishes and get just a wee bit jealous. Okay, maybe you are better than me, but once and a while I get taken in by the green-eyed monster, jealousy.

I long for all those things that others seem to have with the snap of a finger.

BUT, things aren’t always as they seem. Let’s look to some angry piggies for some wisdom.

How To Wish Wisely On Your Writing Journey:

1. Think of what you wish for. When the piggies first approach the well they are thinking, looking inside the well and speaking. They are considering the possibilities. Notice that nothing really happens except they hear the echo of the well.

For the writer, this might be the stage where you dream of being a best-selling author, but you really haven’t done anything besides dream.

2. Put something into your wishes. The third pig that happens along recognizes something important. He has put some pre-planning into his wishes and brings something along to help the process.

A wisely wishing writer recognizes there is some planning before dreams come true. Books on craft are read, practice is put in and writing must happen. There is a finished manuscript you bring to the well.

Great resources for writers can be found during this stage at:

My Book Therapy  / Learn How To Write A Novel

American Christian Fiction Writers

The Write Conversation

3. Wish Wisely! Once the piggy with the apples leaves, we see one of the others drop a hammer into the well. Was that ever a bad idea.

Writers must make sure that their manuscript is polished. You throw the wrong thing in the well and you won’t like how it turns out.

Also, recognize that you can wish for more than you are ready to handle. The apples were just in the right amount. Notice the glut of hammers and piggies that fell at the end? They were wishing for more than they could handle.

What do you do to help your wishes turn out for the best?

 

 

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About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

4 thoughts on “How To Wish Wisely On Your Writing Journey

  1. One of the hardest things writers must do if they want to be successful writers is to….WRITE. Too often I see writers who like to HAVE written.
    🙂

  2. Great thoughts on really thinking through what we wish for!

    As hard as it is, I try to keep my wishes for my writing in God’s hands. I’m finding His timing is always the best timing. When I get frustrated about what’s not happening, I go back and evaluate why I’m struggling. It’s usually because I took those desires back and am trying to force them to happen in my timing.
    Great post today!

    • Michelle Lim says:

      Thanks, Jeanne. I have been in the place of wanting my timing before. It can be quite a trap and then God gently reminds me that He has my back in all the ways I cannot see.

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