Do you ever feel like other writers hold the key to success? We listen to them describe how their curiosity and creativity accompany them through every waking moment, how their stories never cease to flow through them, how many awards they’ve won.
And we grow weak with jealousy.
“How can they already be published? They only started writing last year!”
“My book is just as good!”
Doubts attack until we begin to question the very thing we claim is our purpose in life.
Am I really a writer?
Doubt does not belong in the mind of a child of the King. Who are we to define ourselves by another’s success? God created us with a distinct voice, a distinct purpose, and for a distinct time.
You are the one and only you.
But, all too often, we allow our writing to become a mimicry of those we see to be “successful” rather than being true to our own voice. We compromise passion for potential prosperity, authenticity for popularity.
Maybe we create our own writer’s block because we have cut ourselves off from our authentic voice and the stories we are meant to tell.
Forget what others consider to be a success. Instead, find your why. Why do you write? Why do you want to share these stories with others? Why does your writing matter? Be honest. Explore the depths of everything you fear and make yourself vulnerable to your story.
Work hard. Dream long.
And don’t be afraid to fight for your success.
So now, sit down. Open your laptop, draw out a pen and paper, or whatever you use to create— and write.
After all, it’s your stories that the world needs.
So why are you waiting?