Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Bus Route of a Writer

Transportation is a funny thing. Some of us like to drive a car and be in control. Some prefer to fly, reaching their destination at record speed. Some might prefer a train or maybe a bike to get us where we are going. What mode of transportation do you think we writers tend to take on the journey to publication? The bus. For those of you who have never ridden a bus, there is much to be learned in the busing experience.

You must have endurance to ride the Writer's Bus. You see, certain aspects of a bus ride are not pleasant. On a longer journey, a bus will have a toilet, and sometimes that toilet just plain stinks. Sometimes your seat neighbors are noisy, preventing you from sleeping. Sometimes they want to talk to you, keeping you from that book you have been dying to finish. For the writer, you have to endure the hard things on the journey to publication. There's rejection, poor contest results, a harsh critique, and the ever present fear that you aren't good enough. You have to learn to tune out the bad and keep your eyes on the road. The goal is straight ahead.

You must have humility to ride the Writer's Bus. We've all been there. You are riding along and the bus stops, letting people off and picking up others. Your ride seems to be taking forever as you keep stopping, letting off more and more people. On the Writer's Bus, you may have a long journey ahead of you. You will have to learn to have patience and a big dose of humility to watch those on the same journey get off earlier than you. You will be tempted to compare and get depressed that you haven't received "the call" to get off, but you need to know that everyone's journey is different. Some might be going across town, and then some might be crossing state lines, taking alot longer than expected. Keep your chin up. Your stop is coming!

You will experience joy on the Writer's Bus. There is such a variety of people who ride the bus, with a variety of experiences. You will meet people who will become life-long friends. You will meet those who will encourage you, critique you, and motivate you to keep spinning tales, even through the difficult times. This will be one of the greatest blessings on the ride...friendships that will help you along the way.

While there are certain aspects of the Writer's Bus that are difficult, the journey to publication is an exciting one. New people to meet, new stories to write, and new obstacles to overcome. It's a difficult trek, but one that will build character, discipline, and grit. It will be a journey that will bring you closer to the One who called you to board the bus. You will learn without a shadow of a doubt that He is the Bus Driver, opening the door for you to get on and opening the door to let you off at your destination.

Trust the Driver. The length of your journey rests in His hands.

What has been your experience on the Writer's Bus? Can you think of any other way the writing journey is like a bus ride? 



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This post is brought to you by
 Sherrinda Ketchersid

Sherrinda is wife to "Pastor John" and mother to three giant sons and one gorgeous daughter. A born and bred Texan, she writes historical romance filled with fun, faith, and forever love.

12 comments:

Casey said...

Wow Sherrinda, I really connected with this post, especially your comment about others getting off sooner than you. What a great example of the writer's journey. Thank you. :) Have a great day!!

Sarah Forgrave said...

Love this analogy, Sherrinda! I agree with Casey...I love what you said about others getting off at different times. But there's always a reason, right? :)

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Great post, Sherrinda! Yep, I agree with the others. Sometimes I feel like I've been on this bus ride forever, but I'm so thankful God knows the right time for me to get off (and then board another bus, probably :D).

Also, sometimes bus rides go a lot slower than we want, having to stop and start, staying in the slow lane. But a faster journey isn't always better and we might miss a lot along the way at any other speed. Thanks for this post!

sherrindaketch said...

Thanks Casey. I think all writers will resonate with watching others get off the bus before them. It is hard, but we are there for each other, right?

sherrindaketch said...

Sarah...there is ALWAYS a reason! And with God, it's always a good reason. ;)

sherrindaketch said...

Cindy, you are so right! Riding the bus is SLOW! There are so many stops that a trip that could have taken 2 hours takes 3! We get there eventually, but oh...the wait!

Jeanne T said...

It's been a buuusy day with kiddos home from school this week. :) Loved this analogy, Sherrinda. As I read I thought about how, even when writers get off one bus, they kind of get on another bus, the finding-an-agent bus, the publication bus, the journey to the second book bus. We never really "arrive", do we? :)

Keli Gwyn said...

What a fun analogy, Sherrinda! I like your last point. I've met so many awesome writers on my "bus ride," who have become treasured friends--like YOU. =)

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Awesome analogy. And of course, while you're on the bus, you can people watch for character ideas.

sherrindaketch said...

Jeanne, you are so right! After we get off one bus, we hop on another. There's different riders and different stops on the way! I hadn't thought of that...that is excellent!

sherrindaketch said...

Keli!!!! I've missed you! I haven't been blogging or visiting blogs this month and I've missed you! You have been such a dear friend on this bus ride!!!!

sherrindaketch said...

Stina! You are sooo right! And isn't people watching one of the most fun things ever?! :)