A Letter to Those Who Have Not, But Desire to Write a Book

It has never been easier to publish a book. It has never been easier to spend a small fortune to publish a book. It has never been easier to fail as an author. It has never been easier to buy your way onto the best seller lists. It is still hard work to succeed.

During my life I have found there to be three types of people when it comes to responding to a vision:

  1. There are those who see their vision and it scares them to death. They freeze in their tracks. The vision dies with them.
  2. There are those who see their vision and it excites them. However, as they research what it takes to accomplish their vision—time, money, work—they decide the investment is too much and the vision dies with them.
  3. There are those who see their vision and it excites them. They research what it takes to accomplish their vision—time, money, work—and they take the first step, then the second, and they keep going. The take each obstacle as it comes. And they never take their eye off the vision until it is accomplished.

I love working with the third person. It is exciting, exhilarating, and it keeps me motivated.

I rarely experience the first person.

The second person wears me out and saddens me when I see their vision die a slow painful death.  They come to me excited, enthusiastic, with dreams of writing a best seller that will become a big movie and make them a celebrity. But as time wears on and as they realize how difficult it tis to get our of their comfort zone, what it takes to publish a good book, and how hard it is to build a readership, their vision grows dim and the light finally flickers out.

This includes many who say God gave them a book to write.

For some reason they seem to think He will do everything for them. However, the way I see it, the call to being an author is no different than the call to be a missionary.

Just for grins, I looked online to see what is involved in becoming a career missionary with Ethnos. I chose them because I have missionary friends who serve with them.

If you will take the time to read ‘The process to become a career missionary’ you may have a revelation.

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