Monday, Mar 17, 2014

Living the Fiction Writing Life by Faith

If you’ve been a fiction writer for any length of time, you know how harrowing an experience the writing life can be. In a matter of a few moments, we can soar to heights of elation only to plummet into the depths of despair.  But as Christ-Followers first and writers second, we must learn to live the writing life by faith and not by sight.

What does it mean to live the writing life by faith?

Living the writing life by faith means making God’s Word–not our emotions–the final authority in all of our writing-related situations. For example, God’s Word says that everything I put my hand to shall prosper (Deuteronomy 30:9).  When I receive yet another rejection letter from an editor, I have a choice. I can either allow myself to become discouraged, or I can stand on God’s Word that says everything I put my hand to shall prosper.  “Everything” includes my writing.

Living the writing life by faith means refusing to look at the things that are seen and focusing, instead, on the things that are not seen (2 Corinthians 4:18).

The next time you are tempted to focus on the negative circumstances of your writing life, resist that temptation and focus instead on God’s Word.
Copyright 2014 by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, PhD, MFA. All Rights Reserved.

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4 thoughts on “Living the Fiction Writing Life by Faith

  1. This is good, MaryAnn; being focused in the right directions is what we need, and I can’t think of anything as rewarding as focusing on God, first, last and always.

  2. Hi MaryAnn –

    This is a timely message for me. It’s been difficult to write since my Mom broke her hip, both from a time management and emotional perspective.

    I’m getting back into the swing of things with my third book. Even if I write only 500 words, it’s progress. Quoting the scripture is helping me move forward again.


  3. Thank you for your comment, Susan. How well I relate, especially since this past week, my husband underwent emergency bypass surgery. But God knows, and God cares.

    You are right. Even writing only 500 words–or 50–is progress. Be encouraged, my friend.