Monday, Dec 16, 2013

(Attitude) Only Believe

Belief is essential to writing success. Not just any belief, but belief in what God says about us.

Far too many Christian writers believe what the world says about them instead of what God says about them. Here are a few wrong beliefs that I have heard in my work as a writing coach:

1) One has to be lucky to succeed as a writer.  I hate the word “lucky”.  It comes from the word “Lucifer”, and we all know who he is.  In reality, there is no such thing as luck. What the world calls “luck” is really hard work and perseverance.

2) Only big names make it.  Another lie. All big names were once little names or no names. Succeeding as a writer depends ultimately not on one’s name but on one’s writing. Learn all you can about writing, then create a product that wows the public.

3) Success destroys writers. I’d prefer to say that success glorifes God. It’s not success that is the problem. It’s a writer’s attitude toward his success.

Now here are a few right beliefs about writing:

1) My writing is all about Jesus and not at all about me.  We writers are instruments in God’s hand for the building of His Kingdom. Once we get this straight, we will have established the right foundation for our writing.

2) Perfectionism is not the same as excellence.  When we strive to be perfect, we can ruin our writing. Like the painter who paints one brush stroke too many and destroys her painting’s freshness and spontaneity, so is the writer who wants her work to be perfect.  Strive for excellence, not perfection.

3) Holy Spirit is guiding me as I write.  This truth has been a great comfort to me in my own writing. When we trust that Holy Spirit is guiding our pens, we can rest that He will accomplish His purposes through our writing.

Copyright 2013 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD. All Rights Reserved.

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