Friday, February 13, 2015

Write Free by Carla Laureano


Carla Laureano

Does it ever feel that no matter what or how much you do, it’s never enough—or good enough? Read on and embrace Carla Laureano’s encouraging words. 
~ Dawn

Write Free

Before I sat down to write this post, I logged on to Facebook to see how many likes my status update had gotten and where my newest release stood on the Amazon rankings. I’ve stopped reading reviews because I’ve found they’re detrimental to my creativity and peace of mind, but try as I might, I haven’t yet completely cut the cord of internet validation.

When I started pursuing writing as a professional career, I didn’t realize that it’s not at all a solitary endeavor. We write alone, yes, but we publish in a community. We seek the approval of our agents and editors, perhaps our contest judges or our peers. We spend long hours on social media, cultivating our “platform” because we’re told that’s what we have to do to get an agent, get a book deal, get on the best-seller list. And even when you do all those things, sometimes you still find yourself on the receiving end of a rejection letter or a disappointing royalty statement.

The thing is, if we’re not careful, we begin to lose sight of why we begin writing. We begin to lose sight of our own creative agenda. We begin to lose sight of the Creator who put this desire to tell stories within us. We begin to mold ourselves not in the image of our Creator, who formed the world with such wonder and creativity, but in the images of our critics, our naysayers, those who have rejected us. We begin to wonder what other people are doing better. We begin to subtly change ourselves, thinking, “Maybe if I do things like this person, I’ll be more successful. Maybe if I’m not so [insert character trait here], I’ll be more appealing as an author. Maybe if I act more Christian and make my work more overtly spiritual, God will see how much I want to serve Him and give me that publishing contract.”

Let me be clear—I’m not against hard work and learning from others and giving my work to the Lord. Completely the opposite! Those are all good things. The problem comes in when we convince ourselves that we are not enough—that God is not enough—and begin to measure our worth in terms of false values. We imprison ourselves in a cage of others’ expectations and chain our creativity in the pursuit of impossible measurements.

In God’s eternal currency, book sales don’t matter. The status of your agent, the prestige of your publisher, how many books a year you can write—all irrelevant. Those things don’t make us better people or more loveable or more worthy in His sight. That’s all been taken care of. Our accounts are filled. As children of God and followers of Jesus, we can cease striving.

And rather than feel discouragement that things are so far out of our control, we should feel a great freedom. To follow God’s plan for our lives. To write the stories of our heart. To be true to the calling we’ve been given, which may look nothing like your next door neighbor’s or your critique partner’s or the authors on this month’s best-seller list.

Maybe that means reaching a hundred thousand readers. Or maybe it means reaching that one, that single person who needs your message in only the way you can write it.

So let us go on promoting and marketing and diligently performing the tasks our publishers and agents expect of us. But let’s not allow it to become the sum of our endeavors, the only validation for our paths.

Write free, write brave, and follow your calling.




Conor and Aine have barely escaped Seare with their lives. Conor knows he must return to find the harp that could end the Red Druid’s reign of terror, but in the midst of their escape, he and Aine are torn apart once more. Surrounded by despair and thrown into as much danger as they left behind, Conor and Aine must cling to the whispers of Comdiu’s plans for them and the homeland that depends on their survival. But at what cost? Will they learn to depend on Comdiu completely? Or will they give up hope?



Carla Laureano is the author of the Celtic fantasy series The Song of Seare (as C.E. Laureano), as well as the RITA® Award winning romance Five Days in Skye. She's an avid cook, an enthusiastic but untalented singer, and a thwarted world-traveler. She currently lives in Denver with her patient husband and two rambunctious sons.

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12 comments:

  1. :happy sigh: Breathing in freedom. Love this post, Carla!

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  2. Thanks, Dora! And thanks to the Seriously Write crew for having me. I think I wrote this one for myself as much as everyone else!

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  3. Love this post! Putting it on my Pinterest board to read when I need this reminder :)

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  4. Carla, thanks for reminding us where our validation needs to come from. It’s so easy to get swept up in comparing ourselves to what others are accomplishing and the accolades they’re receiving.

    Love the cover for Beneath the Forsaken City.

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    1. Thank you, Dawn, for the compliment. And yes, it's very human to compare ourselves, especially when we want to genuinely learn from others' experiences. But ultimately a trap if we start setting our value by how we measure up to them.

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  5. Carla, this post is very touching. Thanks. I love the idea of freedom. It is so weird, though. I truly felt the Lord calling me to write inspirational romance, but the experience was such a failure, and sucked away all my confidence. I have no idea what it was all for. The only thing I can figure out is, now i write only the sweeter romance. I don't know. But there are some Seriously Write authors who help me muddle through, so that's one of my greatest blessings.

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    1. I'm really sorry that you feel like the experience was a failure. I don't know your story at all, but it might help to know that I wasn't exactly an overnight "success" (in fact, I'm still waiting! ha!) I've actually been writing for publication for seventeen years and just succeeded within the last two. That's FIFTEEN YEARS of writing and getting rejected. So maybe your calling is not inspirational fiction after all, or maybe you just haven't hit your time yet. All our journeys are so different.

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  6. Carla, Thank you so much for this absolutely wonderful and truth-filled post. I needed it and have read it twice... perhaps I can hang on to it!

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    1. Katherine, I'm so glad that it came at a time you needed it. I might need to reread it to remind myself from time to time...

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  7. Carla - the other day I told my sister about a book I wanted to write. Trust me it isn't sellable - but I want to write it someday just for me. Sometimes that's enough. Just to embrace the joy of writing. Thanks for your wonderful post!

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  8. Carla, you reminded me that no matter what happens, all is okay as long as my eyes are on Jesus. Thanks for drawing up that truth in me.

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