There is nothing more discouraging than to beat yourself over the head when you write. What is it that you are trying to accomplish? Who cares anyway? Why should I waste my time? These and many questions can plague you and even hinder you from what you were called to do – you are a writer and you must write.
Discovering Your Craft
I was in fifth grade when I was given a writing assignment – write short story. I remember siting with blank sheets of papers on my lap. And the moment my pencil touched that paper I did not quit until I was satisfied.
When I finished I realized I had not read how long the story had to be. I looked and found my story exceeded the requirements. Not only did I exceed the page count requirements my teacher was extremely pleased and made it available for the rest of the class to read at their leisure. My first published story for 5th graders to read. I had not realized then what I was to realize decades later, I have an insatiable and prolific desire to write.
Words are not only what I write they are my love language. And I may even dare to say, words are my life source.
“And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.” Luke 4:4
But words can become meaningless and void of purpose. Seeking the attention of others, discouraged that you find few people are ready with a word fitly spoken. This is when you are in danger of your own words becoming critical and even damaging.
Now that you have discovered you are a writer, you are compelled to write. And you know that nothing would satisfying you more than being an effective writer.
I have discovered four impacting reasons to write effectively. These reasons have and continue to solidify my calling as a writer.
1. Satisfy Your Creative Desire
Be honest with this assessment…Ask yourself why do I write? Writing must be something that satisfies your creative desire. A way to express who you are and where you are.
Your expression may be done through languishing words written as poems, collections of facts you desire to impart, real life stories or within your fictitious worlds.
To bring a greater impact to your writing allow this reality to sink in…you write because it is a gift from God, who is the greatest Author of all.
“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.” James 1:17
God granted you the gift to write because, by it, He knew you would best express truths from a personal perspective in the art of words.
2. Edify Others
“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” Proverbs 25:11
You will find written words have the same power to bless others. In fact, when you write your words down with the purpose of edifying someone they can become a treasured memento.
Blessing others with your written words can bring you the satisfaction that you are giving your most treasured possession away.
“…freely ye have received, freely give.” Matthew 10:8b
You write because it is a gift from God and a gift you are meant to impart to others. Be it in a simple note or a best-selling novel your approach to your writing is to benefit others. Hoarding your words to yourself will be of little benefit to those around you.
The most successful wealthy individuals are those who desired to be givers of their most treasured possessions.
To discover this basic principle, I encourage you to read the Go Giver: A Little Story About a Powerful Business Idea by Bob Burg and John David Mann
3.Impact your World
“He that withholdeth corn, the people shall curse him: but blessing shall be upon the head of him that selleth it.” Proverbs 11:26
You live in an era where you can write and your words can literally impact your world. And it can be done from the comfort of your own home.
I had been writing on personal blogs for over ten years, while I still had a house full of kiddos (six at the time) before venturing out to write a business blog (with eight kiddos at home), eventually settling on romance novel writing and LWH series blog (Hehe, now half my kiddos are in college and reality of the guy/girl thing they face has really been an inspiration to me ?).
Regardless, if you are single, married and/or have children, write. A word of caution: Don’t use others or your circumstances as your excuse for not writing. And be willing to sell your writing when applicable where there is someone out there that needs to hear what you have to say in the only unique way you express yourself with words.
4. Write to Glorify God
“Where there is no vision, the people perish:” Proverbs 29:18a
There is no real happiness apart from keeping God’s law which exhorts you to love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul and mind and your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets. (Matthew 22:37-40)
What joy to fulfill His law when you write. Both to express such love to God and to edify others.
When my mentor, Jeff Goins, challenged me to write a manifesto my writing took on a whole new level. I meditated on the reasons – my vision for writing Love’s Weaving Hand series novels and LWHseries.com blog.
My God given conclusion was that every woman can know true love. Ultimately, I have been led into an in-depth study to discover true love for myself. And I have been humbly amazed at the results.
God gave you your creative desire, words to edify others and impact your world. His greatest purpose in mind is that you glorify Him.
“Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31
- Are you satisfying your creative desire to write?
- Is your writing for the purpose of blessing others?
- What is holding you back from making your work available to others?
- How is your relationship with God?
Are You a Writer?
And when you do share your work in the comments below. Tell us where we can find the works you have written.
“My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.” Psalms 45:1
To GOD be ALL the GLORY
In His hands,
Ann Marie Moore
LWHseries.com – Know True Love
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