I was asked to write an inspirational post. When I started writing, something different from my original plan came out. Don’t let the title fool you. This is an inspirational post meant to encourage and uplift all the authors whether they’re already a national bestseller or still hiding behind the curtain uncertain if they’ll ever have the courage to publish the words that just won’t stop pouring themselves out from their souls. (I like long sentences. Makes it murder when editing, but it’s part of who I am. I refuse to apologize.)
So, let’s dive right in…shall we?
Doubt. Something we all feel but rarely express because we’re afraid we’re the only one. Spoiler alert: YOU’RE NOT ALONE! I have read about and spoke to authors from every level of the writing industry. The one thing we all have in common: we doubt. We doubt ourselves and whether our work is good enough to even be called a book. Doubt is the devil’s tool to keep you from doing God’s work. As Christian authors, we have a duty to God. Because of that, the devil is going to fight you every step of the way. In case no one has told you before, the harder the devil fights you, the more you know you are doing what God has asked of you. He wouldn’t fight you so hard if your work wasn’t going to make a difference in someone’s life. It’s okay to doubt…just don’t let it own you…don’t let it keep you from writing.
Envy. I don’t know about everyone else, but so many times I crack open a book and I’m flooded with envy. I think, “Man, I wish I could write like that. I wish I was that good.” Here’s the thing, we don’t need to be just like someone else. Being an author means finding your own voice. It took me a while to realize this, and I’m still learning that it’s okay to just be me. You should always continue to improve your writing. I’m not saying every word you write will be pure gold. I’m saying you have a unique voice. Your experiences and the battles you’ve faced in life have given you a perspective that no one else has…use it.
Indecision. This one goes hand-in-hand with doubt. Here’s where the ‘I don’t know what to do’ comes into play. There are times when indecision is okay, and there are times when it’s put there just to hinder you. I pulled an ‘I don’t know what to do’ for nearly a year before I kicked it into gear because I finally realized that doing nothing is exactly what the devil wanted from me. Make a plan…make a list of what you want and how you plan to get there. God is there to help, but you have to do your part too. There are times when I feel like Gideon times a hundred because I ask so many times, “Are you sure this is what God wants you to do? Are you making the right choice? Is this God’s plan or my plan?” See how doubt and indecision go together.
The goal of this post…don’t quit…don’t give up…don’t stop writing. I feel as though I’ve put this on repeat for myself. Remember this: you can’t please everyone. It’s impossible. I’m certain you never started writing because you wanted to make everyone happy. If you can, find a small group of author friends that you can lean on when things get tough. That’s something I still need to do.