Saturday, July 07, 2012

Please Comment

By Keith N Fisher

I’ve been on this site for six years now. Posting about writing, and the struggles associated with it, has been therapeutic. Having people read and comment is icing on the cake. Many of the people who commented in the beginning were published authors. Others have since become published authors, and most of them have blogs of their own.

As we all know, struggling to get noticed as a writer is difficult and there is so much competition. Many of my contemporaries are very good at it, but I wonder about relevance. Recently, I noticed several blogs dealing with subjects I wrote about years ago. I even noticed a credit given to someone else for a concept originally coined by another.

Six years ago, at the LDStorymakers conference, I glanced at those in attendance and marveled that so many people felt an urge to write. I wrote how we seemed to be poised on a precipice waiting for God to use us in the battle for souls. This year, the numbers had more that doubled many times. So, I wonder about relevance.

Have you ever wondered this same thing about your writing? I don’t mean to be glum, but it’s that kind of day. Keep your head up and your fingers poised on the keyboard. Search your heart for inspiration. Its what I do. Sometimes, I write from the parking lot of the temple, hoping to reach my readers. It helps with my perspective. Don’t worry, I will continue to offer advice on this blog because I’ve grown accustomed to posting here. However, your comments are more than welcome.

Good luck with your writing---see you next week.

4 comments:

Donna K. Weaver said...

Well, it can very much be like preparing a talk or a lesson that is really only for a single person in the congregation or class.

Brent Wescott said...

Seeing more and more people answering the call to write awesome.

I like what Donna said that sometimes you're just writing for a select few.

Carolyn Twede Frank said...

I enjoyed your post. I too feel the "call" to write. If I didn't have that constant intangible nudge, I don't think I could stay with it. It's a tough road.

Lynne said...

I too felt the call to write but only because I had so much in my life that I "thought" might help others in my situation or help them to avoid what I experienced. Still not published and go through periods of giving up and other periods of getting out there. Not an easy business!