Friday, September 21, 2007

Criticism and Nominations

What a week I've had. I had been having a bit of writer's block so my work wasn't flowing very well and I got frustrated. I was feeling guilty because I spent all week in front of my computer and I still didn't have much to show for it. Then I finally finished writing the second chapter of my book and got negative comments! I was quite discouraged, to be honest. I had got good feedback with the first chapter and I was excited because that encouraged me to think I was good at writing. Now what? I was hoping I would continually improve with my work, not get worse. The truth is the criticism is quite valid too, which makes it more crushing. Gosh, dealing with criticism is so hard because I feel the person is critical of me and not just my work. I guess I have to go back to the drawing board and really assess what I'm trying to achieve with my writing. Maybe I should leave it for a while and come back to it when I feel better.

Then I got some bad news that made me sad for a couple of days. When I couldn't bear it any longer, I went on my knees to pray about it, and God gave me His peace. So I feel much better. The issues are still there, but I feel God's grace and assurance that He is with me no matter what happens. I'll be alright, I need to trust God to work everything out in His own time and in His own way.

Thank God I've got something nice to cheer me up at the end of this week. My Journey Down the Aisle blog was shortlisted for one of the categories in the Premier Christian Blog Awards so I'll be attending the dinner and award ceremony tonight! I'm taking hubby with me and I'm really excited about it. Well a lot of the stuff I've been writing on the blog is about him so it's only fair. He's also been patient with me when I'm glued to my laptop and I appreciate that. I would never have imagined though, when I started that blog that an organisation such as Premier Radio would find it interesting at all. I just started writing it for my sisters to read about my relationship and maybe learn a thing or two. I've been surprised with the response I've got from people who've read it. I hope I win the award but even if I don't, I'm still excited to attend the ceremony, wine and dine and meet a lot of inspiring people. I'll take my camera with me, so I'll try to get a couple of photos if I can. Should be fun!

I've also got a friend's wedding to attend tomorrow. Between now and the end of the year, six of my friends are getting married. I love weddings though and since I'm not under pressure anymore, I just enjoy the celebrations. So I'm looking forward to a nice weekend- I really need it. Hope you have a nice weekend too.

10 comments:

  1. If only I can be first...???

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  2. And I am FIRST...

    At least, you know you're getting criticism on each chapter...you don’t want to find out when you book is through that it wasn’t good enough to make the best seller’s list...As God’s children, we never settle for second best…we are the BBEST. Don't fret it can only get better as you'll find the encouragement from within...

    Best wishes!!! On your My Journey Down the Aisle blog been short listed for the Premier Christian Blog Awards...I do pray you win...
    Let us get gist sha...

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  3. Anonymous2:06 PM

    Congratulations!!! I hope you win. And it is well, the criticisms will help you make it better. I wish i could follow you to all the weddings o, i love weddings.

    Omosewa.

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  4. I'm glad to hear that the Good Lord has seen you through during the trying times. Good luck at the awards. I have a wedding tomorrow as well, but I'm snapping, and I am not looking forward to it!

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  5. FG, i've said my bit bout the criticism already, and remember, what doesn't kill us makes us stronger..as per the bad news, it is well, in this world we will have tribulations but God has overcome the world!

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  6. FG aint you just higly favoured. hope u win the award love, and have fun for all of us. X

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  7. woooow, i thought the awards thingy was organised by your fellow bloggers. Congrats o, proud of ya! :)

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  8. Cpngratulations on the nomination, u really deserve it. It's hard to deal with criticism but feedback is always good escpecially when it comes from more experienced people in our field. I'm sure everything will work out. Remain blessed and highly favoured.

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  9. Congratulations on being nominated...Wow...

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  10. Criticisms are like sharp swords that sharpen us and make us better persons. Though it can taste so bitter at first, it's all for the best. And congrats on your being nominated 'nuff respect. Cheers!!

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