Don’t Cringe, Rejoice!
by Susan J. Reinhardt
Had I really sent out that devotional/article out into the big, wide world?
Yes, someone thought it was good enough to merit publication. People commented on how it touched them. What did I do? I moaned when I re-read it. Today, I would have gone in a different direction or used more fiction techniques.
If you’re anything like me, you’re an eternal editor. I’m always convinced if I tweak something here or re-write a section there, it will be perfect. Of course, it never gets to that point.
Somewhere along the line, the Lord finally got a message through my thick skull. While that piece might not be the best thing I’ve ever written, it shows me how my writing has grown. No doubt, I’ll look back at my current writing someday and blush.
And that’s a good thing.
Why? Because each day I’m moving forward and adding to my writer toolbox. If my writing stayed the same, I’d be concerned. So, I’ll rejoice in how far I’ve come and leave the cringing behind.
Writers: Do you read your early writing samples/clips? Cringe or rejoice?
Readers: Do you notice improvement in your favorite authors’/writers’ work? What keeps you coming back for more?
Bio: Susan J. Reinhardt’s publishing credits include her novels, The Moses Conspiracy, The Christmas Wish, and The Scent of Fear, as well as devotionals, short articles, and contributions to anthologies. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.
A widow, daughter, stepmom, and active church member, Susan resides in Pennsylvania. When not writing, she enjoys time with family and friends, reading, couponing, gardening, and finding small treasures in antique shops.