roller coasterAuthors aren’t unique in finding their chosen field a bit of a roller coaster ride. I think everyone faces ups and downs. But let me tell you, the first few weeks of being a “published” author will give you vertigo.
Positive reviews from readers and national publications equal incredible highs. Negative reviews from readers and national publications equal ego-shattering lows. Someone you don’t even know writes the sweetest blog post and obviously “gets” what you are trying to say. Then someone you don’t even know suggests that if you’re going to call your book a romance you ought to include some actual romance.
You rocket into the valleys and tunnels and just when you think the ride must be over someone calls you their new favorite author. It’s kind of exhausting. And you kind of want to get off the ride, but as scary as it is, it’s also exhilarating.
I’m just really, really thankful that I’m ultimately writing for that audience of one. And God can use even my worst writing to accomplish his goals. Actually, I think he might be more likely to use my worst junk just so I’ll know for sure and certain it’s him and not me.
Earlier this week, my Facebook author page passed 900 likes. Whoa! That’s a lot, right? The roller coaster clicked up the hill. So I checked Debbie Macomber’s page. Um, that would be 205,000+ likes. Francine Rivers’ page has a mere 177,000+. Guess that wasn’t a hill so much as a bump.
Then I took a hammer and chisel to the third novel in the Appalachian Blessings series–that would be the first manuscript I completed. And just when I thought the stupid, dark tunnel of bad writing was permanent, a new writer friend messaged me on Facebook with encouragement. Seems most of us author-types are convinced we’ve forgotten how to write every now and then.
That’s why I don’t mind riding this roller coaster–I’m not riding it alone. God knows every twist, turn, mountaintop high, and stomach-churning drop. And he’s sent me angels disguised as friends to hold my hand when I get scared.
Thanks, friends.