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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Writer's Challenge (NOT the FaithWriters Challenge) (06/10/10)

TITLE: The Happiness and Struggles of a Christian Writer
By Cindy Tuttle
06/11/10


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To be a Christian writer is a ministy that comes not only from the heart but also the soul. Before writing I take a few minutes and rest in the light of God. I think of the reader and wonder, what words can I say which will encourage and let them know they aren't alone on their journey.

The happiness felt when someone says my words touched them brings a joy beyond compare.But I can't take credit.If I do have a gift, it's from Jesus. If some of my words touched someone I believe they are hearing what Jesus knew they needed to hear. However, I must do my part and listen to what I feel he's calling me to create.

Another of the challenges is when I put my whole being into a manuscript and receive 100 or 200 rejections. I admit, at times I have wondered if I'm just kidding myself in thinking a traditional publisher will publish my book. I know the odds and they're not good.Yet my agent believes in me and Paulist Press was going to publish Daily Reflections With Mother Teresa, but the order wouldn't allow me to use her quotes. Standard Publishing was on the fence for along time with one of my books but decided not to publish it. So, I have come close.

If I was giving advice to a new writer I would say, write what you love, and always think of the reader.Yes, the challenges are many, yet the satisfaction of seeing your completed work is very satisying.To be able to possibly connect with readers in this unique way is worth any challenges that may come up. Then one glorious day you may hear," Yes, we would like to publish your book!"


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Brian Haugrud06/17/10
A lot of truth to ponder in your writing...I have found, (as my wife says), write for God. You never know who will get what out of what you have written. If one person was blessed, does it really matter what all the "PROFESSIONALS" say? They each have there own way of looking at what you wrote. GOOD JOB!
Mildred Sheldon06/19/10
This was so true and I enjoyed this so much. Thank you for a powerful piece. Good job and God bless.
Patsy Hallum06/22/10
Good thoughts, just proofread before posting, had a spelling boo boo.
True struggles.