If it fits in with the publisher’s requirements—yeah, right—I, as one writer among many, really want my story published the way I envisage it. But, having had second thoughts, if I would not self-publish, how do I get my work in, without doing just like the publisher requires? Dare I say I prefer to do it my way? Bother…Maybe there is another way to get my work out there.

Of course, there is a kind of leeway for the writer to be expressive, but within the requirements, or else do not get published. I want to be published. Yes, I do. So, got to do what I am told, and that is something I can do, when push comes to shove. I find I am kind of natural at it.

The publisher’s requirements can be guidelines, a shape, or outline, the type of product and the tone and emphasis of certain products. Just depends on who the writer writes for. Devotions one way may not fit somewhere else, for example. (They should fit everywhere, but that is the way it goes.) But they are still devotions, done differently one place or another. I must adjust accordingly.

Without wanting to boast (well, there may be a bit of that, but I would rather not) I was kind of blessed for getting published the first time I submitted a devotion to a publisher, but since then I have had several rejections with same publisher. Bother, but the publisher kindly pointed out to study the kind of devotions they publish. Nice. So, I did. I think I am producing suitable devotions for them one after another now, while still with the ability to express myself. So, when writing for other publishers, and not only for myself, I am finding it a positive experience.

Write it down

I’ll tell you what it’s like to struggle writing down an idea. Sometimes, I feel like writing is a struggle, when it’s getting the words down that takes an effort. In this instance, I’m not referring to writing the rough draft of a novel, but getting ideas down on paper. Getting ideas down ends up as rough writing, but takes self-motivation and discipline. I usually find getting ideas down the least liked part of my writing, but enjoy writing the short stuff, like reviews. I guess some people love writing down ideas, and even sell them, but I’ll tell you what it’s like to struggle writing down an idea or getting down quite a few of them, as they occur in succession:  An idea or ideas pops into my head, and I think, I don’t feel like writing it down. Of course, using a digital recorder may be easier to get the idea out, me thinks.