Work Willingly ~ How to be Successful

“Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will give you an inheritance as your reward, and that the Master you are serving is Christ.”  Colossians 3:23-24

Work willingly at whatever you do

Success is something everyone strives for. It can mean many different things to different people.

Success can mean making lots of $$$$.

Success can mean becoming famous.

Success can mean fulfilling a lifelong dream.

Success can mean completing a goal.

Success for me has evolved as I have aged. It means more than money and actually is something money can’t buy. It means more than being known and sometimes I feel most successful when things are …  quiet. It means whether or not I fulfill my dreams, I still reach for them and I enjoy the work.

It isn’t as much about reaching a goal as it is enjoying the journey.

Success for me is a willingness to work at writing better and becoming better. It’s a sense of accomplishment when something I write touches another person in a meaningful way. Some of the most successful times were the times I wrote pieces that never earned one cent.

Success is like a rainbow. Everyone has their favorite color but without all the colors it wouldn’t be a rainbow.

Don’t let unmet goals, unfulfilled dreams, or the lack of money or fame keep you from enjoying your journey in your writing – or for that matter – anything in your life that you feel compelled to do.

Life is a gift. Your gifts and abilities are to bless others. Don’t waste your time struggling to reach lofty goals before you realize you have success.

Success is enjoying your journey, enjoying your loved ones, enjoying your gifts and the gifts of others. Take time to celebrate the small things in life as success.

What are your successes today?

What If This Blog Were A Book, And Got New Pants

Are you focused on ONE thing for your blog or do you blog whatever’s on your heart?

Tara Sparling writes

It occurred to me the other day that I have written a lot of words on this blog. Not the best words – Donald Trump said he has those  – but certainly a large portion of other (hopefully less repetitive) words.

In the process, I’ve pondered the question of what blogging is for.

In its infancy, a weblog was pretty much an online journal, but it’s since become a professional occupation for many. It’s not a profession for me, but it allows me to fulfil a childhood dream and pretend I’m a columnist, without having to get anyone’s approval first.

What If This Blog Were A Book, And I Was Trying To Sell It

So far, I’ve written a total of 205 posts, averaging around 900 words per post. That’s roughly 184,500 words, which could translate into two whole novels, if we were talking about commercial fiction, which of course we’re not, but like the aforementioned, I’m not one to let the facts stand in the way of a tenuous argument.

So that’s 2 books’ worth of…

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What do you Need today? Let God Provide it.

Do you ever feel that things aren’t going your way?

God has the right blessing waiting for your every need.

God Wants to Bless you poster

It begins with your thought life.

Are you believing the truth or lies?

God’s word is truth. It is the truth that sets us free from every obstacle, sheds light on darkness and gives direction where there may seem like a dead end.

Begin to change your life by changing the way you think. Ask yourself if what you’re thinking lines up with God’s truth. If it doesn’t, grab a scripture or two that speaks to your circumstances.

Lie: “I’m never going to see my dreams come true.”

Truth: “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 ESV

Lie: “I feel so alone and no one cares!”

Truth: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 NIV

Today is the day to begin to start thinking positive thoughts.

You can change your life!

Never Give up purple butterfly

So… What’s your story?


Have you Submitted Your Dreams to God?

Submitting Dreams

After losing a client recently, I went through a time of questioning my work goals. I decided that I’ve put profits ahead of dreams. Now, profits isn’t a bad thing but I’ve made it my goal. I realized that I needed to reevaluate… everything. After a poignant week of seeking and searching, I’ve decided to lay aside my desire to gain new clients and pursue my dreams.

This was after a lot of soul searching and letting go. It’s so hard to let go of things. Especially your dreams. But I feel a peace again. I’m excited about my future again.

I’m going to give it all I have.

I’ll keep you in the loop.

I’m finishing what I started.

I’m going to enjoy my life and stop worrying about the next job, the next paycheck.

I’m reaching for the stars.

I’m writing that novel I always said I would.

What’s your dream?

Are you going after it with all your heart?

Have you submitted it to God?

Maybe it’s time.

Maybe today’s the the day.



Word Count by Genre

Great information! Thanks for putting this together.


Here’s information worth reposting. I got it from the SCWC blog (I’m attending in February). Check out these word counts. The last word counttime I checked, they were longer. Fits what I’ve heard that publishers want shorter and shorter books:

Word counts for different genres of novels vary, but there are general rules of thumb that a writer can use for how long is too long. For the purposes of this post, I’m only talking about YA, middle-grade and adult fiction:

    • middle grade fiction = Anywhere from 25k to 40k, with the average at 35k

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