Writing Journey

Do you have a burning desire to write a novel? What if I told you the writing journey was a tough one? Would you still choose to write?

When I started down the road to publication, I had no idea how many times I would have to start over. I was certain my first novel attempt would give Francine Rivers a run for her money. Did I ever have lots to learn. Two women’s fiction, one medical thriller, a time travel, and several short stories later I still have LOTS to learn.

I’d love to hear your pre-publication story. Hope this video inspires you to never give up on your dreams.

About lynnegentry

Wife. Mother. Writer. Acting Coach. Director of Dallas International Performing Arts Academy.
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4 Responses to Writing Journey

  1. Lisa Harris says:

    Many years ago, I wrote my first novel about a woman struggling with infertility, something I had recently gone through. I submitted it to Bethany House, and while I didn’t actually think my chances were great, they were the publisher I had decided I wanted. Back then, I kept all of my rejections and as silly as it sounds, I was so proud of the rejection I received from them. They wrote, “There is no question it (my novel) is a worthy publishing project.” (Of course, they went on to add “Unfortunately…”) Those words kept me going for a long, long time.

    Many, many rejections followed through the coming years, and while I went on to discover that the writing journey is tough–very tough–I stuck with it. It’s been almost fourteen years since I received that first rejection, but I’m so thankful that I never gave up.

    I’m still learning, still growing in the craft, but including along with my many rejections is the first of many offers for a contract.

    Tough, yes, but don’t let that stop you from following your dreams!

    • lynnegentry says:

      You know this journey well, friend. The tenacity you’ve exhibited has been a witness to me. Thanks for sharing your writing journey story. The Lord is not finished with you yet!

  2. Carla Gade says:

    Thank you for sharing your story to publication. The message behind your story, the experiences, WOW!

  3. Lynne Gentry says:

    Thanks, Carla. Glad to have you pop in. Would love to hear your writing story.

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