The Bible is replete with principles for living a successful life. One such principle is found in Proverbs 18:21: “Death and life are in the power of the tongue.” What does this principle have to do with writing?
The words we speak affect our attitude as writers. When we speak negative words about ourselves and our writing, we feel discouraged. When we speak positive words about ourselves and our writing, we feel encouraged.
Another Biblical principle is that “faith comes by hearing” (Romans 10:17). Whatever we hear often enough, we will believe. What are you hearing repeatedly about your writing, especially from your own lips?
Are you hearing and speaking words that bring life to your writing career, or are you hearing and speaking words that bring death to it?
Let me give you a few examples of each:
· I have to be a big name to succeed as a writer.
· I can’t make a living from my writing.
· I’ll never get published.
· Outstanding writing will make a place for me.
· I can make a living from my writing.
· If I don’t give up, I’ll eventually get published.
Early in my writing career, I began speaking positive words about myself and my writing. For example, when editors were repeatedly rejecting my work, I would say, “Editors ask me to write for them.” Today, editors ask me to write for them.
And now, it’s your turn. What do you say to yourself—both silently and aloud—about your writing career? Do you need to change what you say?
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