Have you ever wanted to become a writer but were afraid to cross into that threshold? Maybe you write some on and off but are too scared to look at yourself as a writer.
Whatever the case may be, each one of us have struggled at some point with doubts in our writing. There may be a few out there who knew they were golden from the start but the rest of us are human and need some encouragement.
Well, here are five statements that may float around in your head. This is your time to attack each of these statements and to move forward as the writer you can be.
1) “I don’t have the time.”
Obviously, different people have different schedules. Some really have a jam-packed schedule and can’t necessarily add much to it, while others may be in a season of life where they have a lot more time they can spend.
I read an interesting book on writing called the War of Art by Steven Pressfield. One thing I really got out of that book was the need for me to make time to write, if I say I want to write. If you really want to write, you have to look at your schedule and figure out what can be cut out or shifted so that you can schedule writing.
Maybe it would be good to make a realistic goal of writing a certain number of articles a week or month. But this can’t be an excuse anymore if you want to be a writer.
2) “No one will care to hear my opinion.”
There has to be a point where lies like this come across your mind and you can simply throw them to the wind. Your opinion has value for one simple reason, you have value. You were created in the image of God and have intrinsic value. Your opinion does matter.
As well, know that you may be robbing people of having the benefit of reading your thoughts on whichever topic you feel led to write. Your opinion matters and is needed!
3) “My grammar and English aren’t great and I know I’ll be embarrassed.” This has been me for a while.
Sometimes we can stay in fear about the opinions of others. Here are two pieces of advice I’d give regarding these thoughts:
I. Don’t allow the fear of man to be a hurdle to create beautiful art.
II. Remember the gospel in all areas, including your writing.
Just because you don’t know the difference in a verb and adverb or tend to use their/there/they’re in the wrong circumstances, it doesn’t mean that you are less valued, loved and needed to be used by God. God prides himself in using people of all gifting’s to do great things. Many times he likes to show off by using those of us who feel weak in certain areas to do a great work.
Look at everyone he used in the scriptures. You can’t write good; Well, Moses wasn’t a good public speaker yet became the voice for God’s people when they needed a voice. You feel insecure about your grammar; think of the liars, prostitutes, murderers and other sinners God used to do his will.
2 Corinthians 12:10(emphasis added)
10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. Three walls down. Two more to go.
4) “I don’t know where to start.”
Grab your laptop. Or if you’re old school grab the old pen and pad.
Sit down. Start writing.
Now if you are considering blogging, wordpress is a great site that can host your blog. As well, there are many other sites that can host your blog. But whichever way you want to do it, you have to just sit down and start doing it.
5) “I don’t have any friends that are writers, I need help.”
I can understand this sentiment. It is tough and scary to start doing something that no one in your immediate circles is really doing. Writing is one of those scary things. But that is why the internet is so helpful for this. You can use social media to plugin with other writers via Twitter, facebook or other forms of it.
Maybe you are an Urban Christian writers. Well, I have just the place for you, right here! One of the big proponents to launching the Writers Table was to be a place to connect with other writers and to gain resources. Well, now you have friends that are writers.
With all of these statements defeated, you now have nothing to wait for. Every wall that you felt that was between you and becoming a writer is gone. Now go, become that writer. Enjoy the freedom to express your self with your pen or your fingertips.