The Blog Hop question for this week is:
"What Advice Would You Give to Beginning Writers"?''
I'm having an identity crisis! I have been writing all my life; however, it was this past year I decided to pursue getting published. So, am I seasoned or beginning? For the sake of the Blog Hop, I'll assume the seasoned identity. (How about "lightly seasoned"?)
Based on my experience this past year, the best advice I can give a beginning writer is this: Focus first on the genre you are comfortable with but don't be afraid to expand your horizons. I found that after being accepted for publication, I stayed with a specific genre. It was safe. Although I love writing devotionals and spreading the message of God, it got to the point where I was doing it out of habit absent the joy I experienced earlier. My heart was no longer in it.
Recently I was asked to participate in a fiction series with several other authors. I had never considered fiction before and was hesitant; however, I committed to the project. It was the best move I could have made. Comfort causes complacency which is dangerous for a writer. The series took me out of my comfort zone. I was challenged and forced to stretch my imagination muscles. Because of that my joy returned! I'm up to date with the series and have some down time so I returned to my unfinished devotionals. When I pulled them up, it was sadly obvious my heart had not been there. Taking a genre' break was just what I needed to refresh my mind and renew my spirit. Instead of feeling dread at finishing up my works in progress, I feel like I'm reuniting with my best friend.