Monday, October 3, 2011

Follow Through

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My word, and have not denied My name.” (Rev. 3:8 NKJV)

What if the only thing stopping your advancement is you?

Yikes. Wow…

I was just cleaning my desk and God brought me this question. I might be procrastinating right now. I might. You tell me. The dusting spray is out, the right side of my desk is dazzling, and the left side? A manual on how to make that book proposal sparkle.


First, I need a little company here in my procrastination pool. Raise your hand if you love writing proposals… Anyone? Hmm. That’s what I thought. Oh, wait, I see that hand in the back. *wink* Good for you. I hate it.


For the same reason I procrastinate, I think, because it means I could actually break in this time. Or, what if I don’t?

I just came from the big ACFW conference in Missouri. And I had some great meetings. And requests for proposals. So, like a faithful little writer, I’m trying to get my act together, learn what these different agencies and houses want in their proposals, and get them sent. Right?

Or maybe I’ll just work a bit more on clearing off my desk. After all, this little corner was a hotbed of preparations just a couple of weeks ago, prior to conference. And I have things strewn all over that I haven’t had a chance to pick up, or file. And then there’s the dust… Oh, the dust. And then, there’s…

Well, there’s the proposal I need to polish.

So, there I am when God asks me: What if the only thing stopping your advancement is you?

Did you feel that all the way over there? Yeah, me too.

So, I’ll research, and I’ll polish. (Say it with me now.) And I’ll follow. Through. (C’mon, say it… good job!)

I made a new friend at conference. She lives locally, but we met at the airport. (Don’tcha love that?) She relayed a story where an editor asked every single person around the lunch table (what is that, ten, besides the editor?) to send her their proposals. All ten of them. And how many followed through? Can you guess? I mean, here’s an open door. An. Open. Door. How long do we writers wish for, beg for, pray for, fast for, search for an open door? And they all had one. Now, I’m not saying there were any guarantees, we know that’s not possible in this biz or any other, but they all had the same invitation. And guess how many took this editor up on it?


Not one.

What if the only thing stopping your advancement is you?

What if your lack of following through (believe me, this hurts me as much as it does you) is what’s keeping you from breaking through??

God has heard your prayers.

God has held your hand.

God has given you open doors.


Follow through.

Don’t be the reason you don’t advance. Don’t do that to yourself, to your dreams, to your future. Buck up. Settle down. Forge ahead. And follow through.

And we’ll be here cheering you on. 



  1. Great article, Annette! I think a lot of writers can relate. We want so much to break in, but the other side can be scary. We know it not only opens a whole new world to opportunity, but also a whole new world of responsibilities. That's why writers as a community need to band together. Regardless of where we're at in the writing/publishing journey, we ALL need encouragement and support.

  2. So true, Dawn. I recall meeting up with some precious authors at conference who said "the other side" (well-published, award-winning) had its own difficulties. But He goes with us. And I know you're moving forward, fearless. Glad we have this community to "follow through" with.

  3. When I was struggling with this a few years back, TWO - not just one - but TWO friends asked me the same question: "What are you afraid of?" That really set me back on my heels. I wasn't afraid.

    Or was I?

    I was. I was afraid one more rejection would prove to my husband, my friends, and me that I was wasting my time writing. I was positive God called me to write. But would one more rejection prove I'd heard Him wrong? What would that mean about my relatinoship with God? Was I putting words in God's mouth? Yep, I was up to my eyeballs in fear.

    And what's the most common command in Scripture? "Fear not!" So I had to shove that fear aside and act.

    So set aside the dust cloth and pick up the proposal polisher instead :)

  4. Love this, Sarah! And the rest is history as far as your awesome writing career is concerned! :) Thanks for reading and for the encouragement!

  5. Great post, my friend! You nailed it! Just what I needed to hear.

  6. Yay, O, I'm glad you liked it. :) Big hugs! Write on!!


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