Invest & Invite

When you invest in your dream, you invite success to come your way.

This is why I’m spending money to drive 1000 miles and attend the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference. It’s why I’m willing to separated from my family for a short period of time. It’s why I allowed myself and my writing to be¬†vulnerable by entering a couple of contests. It’s why I’m going to risk making a fool out of myself and pitch my work to agents and editors. It’s why I’m going to cram my days with workshops, classes, and face-to-face time with other writers who are skilled in the craft and business of writing.

Are any of these things guarantees that I will find an agent or a publishing contract this week? No. But by investing in my dream of being a published novelist, I am giving myself opportunities to succeed. The fact is, these writers, agents, and editors aren’t going to show up on my doorstep. I have to invest in my work before I can expect them to do the same.

And as I pack my van, load up the cooler with snacks and Dr. Pepper, stuff my luggage with sample chapters and one-sheets, and plug-in the borrowed GPS, I realize how blessed I am to have a wife and children who support my dream. They cheer me on as I chase this calling–this stewardship of story–and whatever success comes my way, I know it is theirs as much as it is mine.

Writer, invest in your dream, and invite success to come your way also.

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Filed under Christian Fiction, Christian Growth, Christian Life, editing, Larry W. Timm, Writing

4 responses to “Invest & Invite

  1. Excellent, Larry! Thanks for the encouragement, and have fun at the Conference!

  2. Mary Gessner

    Excellent blog, again. Your blogs always make me laugh (with a good message tucked inside), provoke serious thought, give encouragement and a nudge to follow my dream, or, like today, I got a gentle kick in the pants. I have ALWAYS wanted to write, and my happiest times in life have been while I was writing (or spent outside with my animals). However, the every day cares of this world and, I’ll be honest, my own lack of confidence, have side-lined me for awhile. I’m so happy for you, but a little envious, too. My load may be lightened some this year as one grandchild may be returning to her mother…so maybe…with hard work…??? Thanks for great blog.

    • Thanks, Mary. Don’t waste energy being envious of me though. You are a unique creation of God and he has a plan for your life. If writing is a part of it, then do your best…even if that means 100 words a day. Regardless, I’m proud to have you as a friend.

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