The writer’s Challenge
is to keep the flame burning
even when he sees no change
in the vision he’s believing in
believing that he has a contribution
despite the many oppositions.
He must be comfortable with rejection
even of that which he called gold
He must be humble to eat humble pie
And make necessary revisions
And write the same thing many, many times.
He must battle on in e face of writer’s block.
Read from others, learn from others
Who have gone ahead of him
Trod the road that he now treads
He must know his sources of inspiration
And visit their waters again and again.
He must be comfortable with himself
And not be ashamed to be original
He must dare to tread on new grounds
Stick to his guns even when cash gone
He must learn to handle critiques
And turn them from arrows to boon
He must learn to criticize himself
Challenge himself to rise beyond norm
Rise from the ordinary to extra-ordinary
Feed himself, drink from fountains new and fresh
He must be ready to challenge status quo
Package his writing for enduring quality
Believe in himself and in the cause
Keeping the focus, heading for the goal.
He must motivate himself despite opposition
Feeding on the good feedbacks received before
But not resting his oars on them, pressing ahead.
1Tm:4:14: Neglect not the gift that is in thee, which was given thee by prophecy, with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.
2Tm:1:6: Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God, which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
Ph'p:3:13: Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Ph'p:3:14: I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus. 16/6