Last year, I took a course taught by multi-published author, Janice Thompson. The subject was supplementing your fiction habit with income. One of the assignments was to answer twenty questions regarding our writing journey so far and our goals for the future. These questions were awesome because they forced me to really take a look at myself and my writing habits, and in what direction I believe God was leading me. One of the questions really slammed me. It was:

What circumstances (and/or excuses) have kept you from fulfilling your writing goals thus far?

In other words, I’ll paraphrase here: what big “BUT” is in your way?

We all have them, don’t we? Excuses why we haven’t had time to finish that novel or submit that article. Reasons why we’re not yet published or haven’t fulfilled the dream that’s burning a hole in our hearts.

While not having an ounce of talent may quality as an excuse, for those of us who know we have the gift of writing, is there really any excuse to keep us from setting out to do what we know God has called us to?

Have you finaled in writing contests? Have you had work published in the past? Have you had reputable industry professionals who were impressed with your writing or who offered encouragement and support? Have people (other than your mother, spouse, or best friend) raved about your “way with words” or your knack for story-telling?

Then guess what? You have no excuse. Get rid of that big BUT.

Whether your “buts” are about finding time to write, acquiring an agent, getting published, submitting that article, joining a critique group, or entering that contest, I can tell you one thing for sure: making excuses is a guarantee for failure. Ok, so just getting up and doing it may not bring you the results you expect or hope for. It may not make you an overnight success. But it will bring you one step closer to realizing your dream. The dream you know that you know that you know God has put in your heart. And it will also give you the satisfaction of knowing you gave it your best instead of hid behind a curtain of pathetic excuses.

As George Washington Carver said, “

Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.”
So are you going to be included in that ninety-nine percent? Or will you be a part of that one percent that stops making excuses and just does it? 

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