During my devotional time this morning I came across this story.
“For my tenth birthday I begged for and received a shiny new fishing pole. On my first trip to the brook, I was squeamish about pushing the worm onto the hook, so I quietly decided to use the bologna from my sandwich instead. My brother wondered why the fish were biting for him but not for me. I just held my pole up, shrugged my shoulders, and smiled. As my brother reeled in the fish and began to clean them, I had a horrible realization. If I caught a fish, I would have to do the same. I quietly pulled in my line, removed the bologna, and threw the line back in with no bait. I had decided I didn’t like fishing. It was more enjoyable to pretend to fish!” ~ Upper Room, Oct 5, 2016
Does this describe your writing career? Are you one of those authors who prefers to sit on the bank without bait on your hook?
They were in a boat … preparing their nets.
Fishing for readers is hard, often messy work. We have to prepare, cast, and clean our catch. Sometimes worms drown for no good reason. And sometimes, when the tide is right, wind light, and fish hungry, we catch readers with our wormy words.