Creative Setbacks

randomlychad  —  May 11, 2011 — 6 Comments


As you may know, if you follow me on Twitter, this week I received a rejection letter of sorts from one of my blogging heroes, Jon Acuff.

I wanted to be sad about it, but found that urge to write my next post was greater than the desire to wallow. It’s not that it wasn’t a good piece–it was–but more that it wasn’t a satirical piece. Stuff Christians Like is a blog that takes a satirical look at modern Christian culture. My mistake was writing a serious piece about the impact Jon’s new book, Quitter, was having on me, and submitting it for use on a satirical blog. Jon was right in turning my piece down: it didn’t fit his stated mission.

Time was, I would have taken this personally–as a rejection of me–instead of a rejection of the work.

And that’s the crux of it: the work. I love it. I love sitting down, sometimes not even knowing what I’m going to say, and yet still having something pour forth on the page. It never ceases to amaze me!

I’m never going to be everyone’s cup of tea–and I’m OK with that now. The work is the only validation that I need–it’s what drives me, makes me continue even when I don’t feel like it. Because making something from what was mere gossamer thought is a total rush!

So, writers, artists, creatives, there will be setbacks, but they are not obstacles, just stepping stones, teaching tools sent to guide us to greater heights.

My question to you is: what do you do when “the resistance” wants to mop the floor with you? What drives you?




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  • seekingpastor

    My faith drives me mostly. I also enjoy writing--getting the thoughts out there and seeing where people take them. And helping people.
    My recent post It Began With a Burden

    • Me, too--on all counts. 

  • Michelle

    I don't write (unless you count comments), but what drives me is knowing that it isn't my reputation at stake, it's God's. So, if I'm doing all I can to bring glory and honor to His name, He will do His bit through me, whether it be commenting on a blog, praying for someone, or finding what someone needs at work.

    • Amen, and amen, Michelle! And I think you're right: we who follow Him should leave our reputations in His very capable hands.

  • This is hard, Chad, but so good. Stay encouraged — this is how you go from good to great, by persevering. Thanks for being vulnerable and courageous by sharing this. I see you getting better every day. Keep up the great work!
    My recent post Weekly Reading- Finding Motivation- Creative Community- &amp More!

    • Thanks, Jeff! Very kind of you to say. Wanting to improve is chiefest of my reasons for jointing the BlogRocket community.Keep up the great work you're doing, too!