DiAnn Mills is an award winning writer who believes her readers should expect an adventure. She currently has more than fifty-five books published.
Her titles have appeared on the CBA and ECPA bestseller lists and have won placements through the American Christian Fiction Writer’s Carol Awards and Inspirational Reader’s Choice awards. DiAnn won the Christy Award in 2010 and 2011.
DiAnn is a founding board member for American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of Inspirational Writers Alive, Romance Writers of America, and Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She speaks to various groups and teaches writing workshops around the country. DiAnn is also the Craftsman mentor for the Jerry B. Jenkins Christian Writers Guild.
STAYING IN THE GAME
I used to be a chicken. Now I write suspense.
In 1996, my husband said to me, “Stop telling me someday you’re going to write a book. Do it now. Quit your job. I give you one year to get anything published.”
So I did. With a great deal of attitude. I wrote devotions, articles, a short story, and a historical novel. All were published, and I never went back to my old job. In 1998, my novel released. Oh, the excitement of tearing into the box of author copies. The cover ... the book’s name ... my name. A dream come true. The thrill never ends. And it shouldn’t.
That was 57 books ago. But don’t think it’s been easy. Every book is a little tougher to write. The characterization must be deeper. The plot’s twists and turns unexpected. The setting more intense. The dialogue and emotion like a sword fight. But if writing were easy, everyone would have a bestseller. We writers are in a constant state of learning the craft.
If you’ll think back to the time when writing began as a dream, the urge and passion to communicate through the written word became so powerful that you didn’t know what to do with it.
It was power.
It was passion.
It was alive.
It was undeniable.
A realization began to grow deep inside you that this new-found urgency came from outside the realm of your own being. Writing had become a calling, and a ministry.
Now, with the understanding that God has purposed you to write, I imagine He didn’t include a time table when you’d be published. If He did, please forward me that email.
I can also safely say the techniques and tools of the craft weren’t immediately drop-shipped into your brain. If so, I want that email too.
Writing is about hard work and sacrifices.
Our commitment to our craft may mean getting up at 4:00 a.m. to write, or giving up our coffee breaks, or bringing lunch from home and writing during the lunch hour, or staying up after everyone else is in bed, or giving up a Saturday afternoon nap. When we sacrifice money for conferences or purchase how-to books, do we ever wonder if it’s worth it? But sacrificing for our craft does not mean ignoring our families or not providing for those we love. If a writer is selfish and neglects his/her responsibilities, the sacrifice is worth nothing. Establish your priorities in a way that honors your God.
Coretta Scott King said, “I learned that when you are willing to make sacrifices for a great cause, you will never be alone.”
What is holding you back from your goals? Be courageous and list that shackle in the comments below with your email address. You’ll be entered into a drawing for a personalized copy of THE SURVIOR. The winner will have five days to respond then I’ll select another one.