At times writing is a chore and other times it is invigorating. That pretty much sums up my much anticipated trip to St. Louis for the ACFW conference.
I enjoyed meeting many new people, and seeing “famous” authors (Colleen Coble, Tracie Peterson, Brandilyn Collins, Gail Gaymer Martin and so many others). I loved my roommate Nancy Farrier. What a wonderful, godly woman.
On the other hand, it was discouraging. I kind of knew that my book wasn’t going to be “popular,” but I really wanted some feed back that my writing has potential. Mrs. Martin said some positive things in my appointment with her (thank you), but my next appointment went so badly (as I expected it to do – is it bad that I expected the worst?) that her words became nearly forgotten. I was nowhere near what that particular publisher wanted – plot driven vs. character driven, wrong setting, wrong characters – but to give her credit, she tried to be very nice about it.
The discouragement didn’t really hit me until the drive home yesterday – seven hours in the car gave me a lot of time to think. What if I’m just not meant to be a writer? What if all the time I spend writing I should be doing something else? Am I trying to do this for my glory or God’s?
I went to conference praying for divine revelation and came home wondering if I missed God somewhere along the way.
So that’s my experience at the ACFW conference. I pray that all the other newcomers went home encouraged and hopeful.