So what is a writer?
A person who meets monthly with a Writers’ Group? Then I’m a writer.
A person who gets money for pieces written? Then I’m a writer.
A person who has published in national magazines? Then I’m a writer.
A person who writes regularly, even though not every day? Then I’m a writer.
A person who has published a book totally written by her? Then I’m not a writer.
I wrote a book with Steve, but his graciousness in including me as an author was most generous. I was mainly the editor. (I love editing! Had to throw that in, in case you need an editor.) I’ve had stories published in 34 books, but the day for submitting to compilation books has passed. The first Chicken Soup for the Soul ignited an interest that I capitalized on from 2000-2015.
I had what I thought was a great idea for a book about adoption reunions, but none of the editors I talked to were interested. Maybe I’ll write some of the stories and post them on my blog. Contrary to common opinion, it is best to get an editor interested before you write the book. I’d already done a lot of research and interviewed several people, but knowing I couldn’t get a publisher saved me some time.
I wrote a book about my mother, and finishing it was mainly my way of handling my grief after her death. Even though she was an interesting character to write about, I knew I couldn’t publish it while she was alive. I started it when she was still going strong, but as I wrote I kept hearing the beginning scenes of “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood,” where Sandra Bullock’s mother is screaming over the phone, “How could you do this to your family? How could you do this to your mother?” So I waited until she had passed to finish it and then found no publisher. It’s a memoir, and memoirs are very popular today. But neither of us is famous, and evidently she wasn’t quite dysfunctional enough to make it a publishable story. Or perhaps it was my writing style. Because her faith was such an important part of her life, I went only to Christian publishers, but no takers.
So another question, because this just now happened:
Are you a writer if someone finds you on Facebook to thank you for something you wrote to say he was “inspired and blessed?” Then I’m a writer—and glad I can still write for both entertainment and to glorify God.
Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.
1 Peter 4:10-11