I am a writer. For too long, I mumbled this admission like it might lead to my arrest and lifelong imprisonment. I lacked confidence. I let insecurity mouth a noncommittal maybe. I thought I could try on writing like a seasonal garment and only wear it when weather dictated. I wasn’t a writer; I was a wannabe.
Are you a writer or a wannabe? Do you want to move from maybe? Here’s three tips that propelled me from wannabe to writer.
1) Faith Over Feelings – Do you write only when you feel like it or regardless of your feelings? While it’s true writing is an art, it is also a practice. Practice requires regimen and tenacity. It asks you to write from faith not feelings.
2) Practice Over Perfection – Do you strive for perfection or do you sustain yourself with practice? The pursuit of perfection is illusion, an impossibility we fool ourselves into believing is possible with endless edits and a large lexicon. A true writer practices with excellence not perfection.
3) Discipline Over Dabbling – Like a marathoner who never misses his Saturday long run, a writer disciplines himself while a wannabe dabbles. Discipline is the hallmark of professionalism. Discipline writes in the dark before little ones rise. Discipline sets and achieves deadlines. Discipline dares to surface the author within.
Faith, practice and discipline are required to give ourselves over fully to this work of writing. As He writes an additional page on the story of your heart, will you dabble or discipline yourself? Will you let perfection snare or practice triumph? Will you act on faith or wither with feelings?
Are you a Christian writer or a wannabe? Give yourself over fully to this work called writing. Your labor will not be in vain.
QUESTION: How can a Christian writer move from a wannabe writer to an actual, practicing writer?
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