“Writing is the painting of the voice.” Voltaire
What does it take to be a writer? No it isn’t the flashiest computer money can buy. It has little to do with your opinion. It’s really nothing more than a discipline. So, as with all things that require repetition and thought, do it regularly. Some days are better than others. We can ignite a page with words that seem like literary genius or we can have no merit whatsoever. The fact that we continue to write is key.
I’ve been a writer since I was old enough to put words together on paper. I’m an average writer. There are far more talented people out there who know how to mesh words together into a tapestry so brilliant that they inspire, encourage and motivate.
I discovered early on that I wasn’t good at keeping a journal, but I encourage students to do so. My problem is that I can’t read my own handwriting, so I go straight to my computer to compose. However you choose to write – write. Set aside a time each day that works for you. I’ve trained myself to do my writing early morning, since that’s the time my mind seems to function best.
Find a quiet place to do it. Having many things going on around you can be a great distraction, and as we get older, multi-tasking isn’t easy. The beautiful thing about writing is that all you need is a corner of a room devoted for that purpose. I’ve found that making a habit of writing before I do anything else in a day, has worked for me. Choose what works best for you.
Take time to think before you put your thoughts down on paper. Do any research necessary. Write things you know about – your experiences as a parent, your hobbies, your talents, your testimony, your walk with God. Those things may seem mundane to you, but they may be just what someone needs to hear at the moment.
Don’t expect to become famous or rich. Being an artist of any kind is really over rated. Many think that those in the arts are independently wealthy, because the have time to pursue their “hobby.” For most artists, their “hobby” is their livelihood and if you sell something it’s great, but the sales don’t come often. There aren’t many authors who can rely only on what they make as a writer to pay the bills.
Don’t go into any of the arts with the feeling that you are the only one good at your craft. There are thousands of writers, performers and artists out there, with the same idea of success that you have. However, you should never underestimate your own gifts. God has blessed all of us with amazing talents. Our job is to figure out how to use them to advance His kingdom