When the employees of a certain business came in on Monday morning, a sign on the door said the most discouraging person had died and their funeral would be held in the conference room. Everyone entered and walked by the casket, looked at the body, and cried. Instead of a body, a mirror lay in the casket with a sign that said, “The person you are seeing is the most discouraging person at work.”
A discouraging person can change lives, make everyone miserable, and never grow in their job. Writing can be discouraging, but we must learn and always be optimistic about the future. If we fail to see our mistakes, we will never succeed.
As I edit books, I sometimes see manuscripts that need help. It isn’t easy learning this craft. It changes daily. We must stay abreast of these changes and learn from them. Three people helped me more than anyone with my writing, Janice Hanna Thompson, Tiffany Colter, and Wilburta Arrowood. I know when they were encouraging me they thought I was the worst writer that ever lived. I’m not to where I want to be, but I’m trying to learn more as I edit more books. I will not give a contract for a book unless I believe it can be made better. I can’t write your book for you, but I can help you make it better.
Encouragement is something we all need to learn. I love to see an author do good. Maybe I try too hard, I don’t know, but I do want to publish good books. Our authors are the greatest. I’m thankful that they encourage each other. We all work better with a little encouragement.
Beginning today, let’s try a little harder to encourage each other more. We will be stronger not only in our writing, but in our life.