No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening-it is painful! But afterward, there will be a quiet harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:1, NLT

I was so excited.  After spending hours combing through pictures for my cover, choosing the right devotions for my manuscript and uploading my content to my self-publisher,  I was finally ready to publish another manuscript to sell the general public.

Until I showed it my writing mentor.  After she shared her feedback and offered a list of recommendations for improvement, all the joy I felt inside about my new manuscript quickly turned into pain.

Like the painful feedback I received about my new manuscript, receiving negative feedback about your manuscript can also be painful, especially when you’ve spent hours writing what you thought was a great one.  Although painful, remember the intent of the feedback is never to hurt you but to help you improve your writings. Go ahead and cry if you need to, but after you’ve dried your eyes, get to work incorporating the changes recommended to improve your manuscript, then submit it again until you finally hear your editor say:  “____, your manuscript is ready for publication!”

Sharing the journey,


Responding to God’s call to write:  If you haven’t already done so, locate and join a writing critique group in your local area, based on your genre, to help you hone your writing craft and get you ready to submit your work for Christian publication.

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