The Road to Christian Writing Success

2011ncompasswritingretreatEdie Melson and I just returned from leading the NCompass Writing Retreat, our 9th four-day get-away for writers. As always, it was a time of refreshing, refueling, and, of course, rewriting.

But this year the focus was on another re: releasing.

No matter where we are on this writing journey, we tend to compare. We compare our words to other writers and determine our worth. We compare their publications to our rejections. We long for their successes and see ourselves as failures.

Even multi-published mega-authors can succumb to comparison. Why did her book do so well when mine is obviously better? How could the movie producer choose his memoir over mine?

Comparing can lead to anger, frustration, jealousy, and resentment. It can lead to quitting when God says to keep going.

But the correct response to comparison is simple: release it. Release the responsibility to succeed. Release the motivation to beat out others. Release the drive for big sales, major contracts, and movie deals.

That’s not to say that we shouldn’t do our best to learn and grow as writers and to seek to get our work out–we should! His Word says to do everything with excellence. But it does mean the motivation must be more than simply money and recognition.

As followers of Christ, our motivation must be to please Him by developing the gift He’s given us, and then accept the truth that He is in control.

We can work hard and work smart and do everything we’re taught as writers…and still receive rejections.

Because we’re not in control.

We can take classes and rewrite till our fingers bleed…and never see our names on the cover of a book.

Because we’re not in control.

God can choose to bless a less-than-perfect book…while letting a well-written one sit on the shelf. And whether we agree or not, we must release it to Him.

It’s through the release that we truly become successful Christian writers. Because then He can use our words to change hearts for eternity…regardless of how we compare to others.

We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28


Who Won Cindy Rooy‘s Trusting God Through Troubles & Tears?

It’s #8–Judy Parker! Congratulations, Judy! Just contact me with your mailing address and Cindy will see that your book is on its way!

And isn’t this a great book to be reading while we’re waiting for God to answer your prayers? You can get a copy of Trusting God Through Troubles & Tears here.

Thank you, Cindy, for sharing your story and your book with us. I pray God continues to bless you as you bless others.


yesistock0511I Need Your Kudos!

Yep, it’s that time again…time to celebrate with Christian Writer’s Den readers who’ve signed a contract, had an article published, started a new blog or website-anything that is another step in your writing journey. Simply contact me with your info.

Don’t forget to use this format:

Your name
Your state
Link to your website or blog
Your good news
Link to your good news, article, or book, if online

Thanks! Can’t wait to see what you’ve been up to!


It’s Also Time to Report Your MoGo7000 for Septembermogo

Ready to get ANOTHER entry for the $100 drawing at the end of the year? All you have to do is LEAVE A COMMENT with the total of NEW words you’ve written in September on your book project. (Comments on this blog only. Please do not send by email.)

By now, I hope you’re hard at work on your October goals. But it’s not too late to start! Need to find out more? Check out the MoGo7000 guidelines here.


biblewomanistockdec10Parting Words from The Word…

We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3

I pray God’s blessing on the work of your hands and your hearts,


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