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5 Responses to Confessing My Creative Sins, Pt. 2.5

  1. Steve says:

    More power to ya! I’m glad you didn’t let go of the creativity that God gave you – he doesn’t give gifts for nothing!

    I just wonder, is the “published” piece of your dream also tied to the acceptance of others, or can your God-given creativity find fulfillment without an editor’s acceptance?

    • Steeeeeeeve! Great to see you here! Thank you for commenting. :)

      I love that you asked this question. The fact of an editor’s acceptance/rejection is definitely something every writer has to consider at some point — provided, of course, that the writer in question intends to publish.

      I have always intended to publish, one way or the other. Not because I need an editor’s acceptance or the “acclaim” of fans, but simply because for me, being a storyteller means having an audience to whom I can tell my stories. The need to publish is inherent in the nature of the gift. In order to be a storyteller, I must have someone to whom I tell my stories.

      Though my family and friends make a good audience, they’re not my true target audience. To reach my target audience, I must put my work out into the world. Putting my work out into the world means getting it edited. So, yes, the editor’s eventual acceptance of my work is crucial, and I cannot find fulfillment without it.

      But my need for an editor’s approval is very different from my addiction to approval within my personal life. When I seek approval within my personal life, when I seek to satisfy that addiction, I’m abandoning the God-given creativity. I’m selling out.

      But when I seek an editor’s approval, I’m asking the editor to help me identify and make the necessary changes so that the work can eventually reach the target audience. In this case, I’m fulfilling the God-given creativity.

      In order to fulfill the true potential of the God-given creativity (culminating in the telling of my tale to the target audience), I must have the editor’s help and, in the final analysis, the editor’s approval. The work is not complete until the telling-to-target-audience has taken place.

      So, yes: the fulfillment of my dream is tied to the acceptance of others — but only in a way that is natural and right and beneficial.

      My addiction to approval is a bottomless pit.

      But my need for editorial acceptance is just another step toward the pinnacle.

      • Steve says:

        Aaaaaaah, okay – that makes sense. It’s not about “please validate me” but rather “please help me be better”

        Makes sense.

        Oh – and I’m glad to be here as well :-) Glad you’re blogging.

        • Me too!!! It took almost a year, but Aaron finally talked me into it…and I’ll freely admit that he was right. I should’ve been doing this all along. ;)

          And Steve — your summary of “please help me be better” vs. “please validate me” is what I should’ve said in the first place. Thanks for condensing my long explanation into something so succinct. I like it! : )

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