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How to Fight Discouragement... as a Writer
11/23/2015 12:00:01 AM by: Andy Lee

 

by, Andy Lee Word Weavers International Mentor

 

Is there a secret to fighting discouragement in this calling called “writer”?

Well, this is what I do.

The first thing I do is ask myself this one question: Why do I write? I write because:

I feel called.

I love words.

I want to make a difference in this world.

I want to share Christ.

I want my messes to be messages—my moanies to become testimonies. I want God to redeem what the enemy meant for evil. So I tell my stories, and I pour out my soul. My naked words are inked for all to read because I am compelled. To stop writing would be like cutting off my arm. I must write despite how vulnerable my calling makes me. 

Ministry through words is in my DNA. I just can’t help it.

I’m betting, you feel the same way.

But there are days when we wonder why we are trying—days when the years drag on between the first breath of inspiration for a project to the day we see it in print—maybe we’ve not seen any of those projects in print yet.

There are weeks when we write blog post after blog post, and we receive few comments in response to our hours of labor.  There are months when the traffic on our site goes down—or worse, we lose a subscriber or two.

Writing is a silent job. And when there is very little response to our offerings, we can become discouraged—the silence deafening.

So, how do we continue to do what God has called us to do when we aren’t reaching the masses we hoped?

We practice being thankful for the “one”.

Be thankful for:

  • The “one” comment on your blog or Facebook page that said, “Thank you so much! Your words were just what I needed today.”
  • The one share.
  • The one new subscriber to your blog.
  • The one “over the moon” book review.
  • The one book purchase for the day.
  • The one endorser out of the twenty you requested.
  • The one neighbor who will read your book even though she isn’t a Christian, and she just might come to Christ through your words because she knows you and how you live.

I’ve only been on this writing journey for seven years though at the moment it feels like a lifetime. And God has opened some major doors on my journey as I’ve plodded each step of faith.

Yet I confess that I’m prone to comparison. I look at other writers and bloggers, and I just don’t measure up. I don’t have half their subscribers, or articles written, or books published. And when I begin comparing, I sink in quicksand of doubt.

But the truth is. God has not called me to be them. He hasn’t called me to their ministry. He has called me to mine. He’s called me to the one who tells me how much she needed that post for the day.

When my eyes are taken off the deficit in my career and placed on the “one” I’m encouraged to keep on keepin’ on this journey called writer.

I hope you are too.

You are making a difference in this world one reader, one follower, one endorser, one reviewer, one salvation at a time.  

 

 

Your turn: What helps you when you become discouraged in your writing career?

 

Andy Lee is an author of two new books. The Book of Ruth Key Word Bible Study: a 31-Day Journey to Hope and Promise (AMG November 2015) and A Mary Like Me: Flawed yet Called (Leafwood Spring 2016). She’s a mom, wife, blogging mentor, and inspirational speaker. She lives on the coast of North Carolina with her husband and kitty named Hank. Her three kids are all grown up. She loves for them to come home so she can feed them. Read more of Andy’s faith encouragement at findingpurposebetondtoday.com. 

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Donna Tinsley From Port Orange, FL At 11/30/2015 4:49:46 PM

What helps me? You just did, sweet sister of the heart! Peace to your day and please keep writing for us. Your words have always encouraged me, even when I don''t have the time or take the time to tell you.

Jan Willis From Lexington, SC At 11/30/2015 3:54:00 PM

Last night as I drove to practice for our women''s Christmas gathering I asked myself why write and attend conferences. I told myself I love to write but I''m not a great writer like Eva others. Your list of why''s is my list. I had forgotten. Thank you for reminding me God''s calling me.

Amarilys Rassler From Florida At 11/30/2015 3:36:08 PM

Thank you, Andy. I needed this.

Tina Hunt From Ashland, Ohio At 11/30/2015 2:09:30 PM

Keeping connected with other writers helps me, too. The WW groups I''m a part of online and also face to face not only help me hone my craft, but encourage me every step along the way in my writing. I wouldn''t want to do this without them.

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