What’s your favorite, and
least favorite, part of being a writer?
The favorite part is coming up with the ideas and even doing
the research for the book. The writing
itself is work, very hard work, and, there are times that becomes a drag. Yet, even during those long days of trying to
meet deadlines and working with tough editors, I love what I do.
My least favorite part is waiting for a book proposal to
find a publisher. That has been
especially true during the economic downturn.
Fewer books are being published so for the time being I don’t get to
write my normal four books a year.
Hence, I don’t enjoy the downtime when I am not writing.
What is your most difficult
writing obstacle, and how do you overcome it?
I would guess rejection.
I hate to think that I have a good idea and publishers aren’t
interested. Yet, if I believe in the
concept, I keep pushing it. It took ten
years and more than two-dozen rejections before “Stories Behind The Best-Loved
Songs of Christmas” found a home at Zondervan.
That book became a bestseller and is still selling today. Hence, I look at that one event in my writing
career and keep believing in the ideas.