Greetings and salutations, my fellow Insecure Writers!
I whole-heartedly recommend attending writer’s workshops, presentations, or speaking engagements in your area. There’s nothing quite as inspiring as hearing a successful writer tell you your dreams are within reach. Joyce shared a great deal about her writing process and her path to publication, but more than anything, she encouraged every person in the room to embrace being a writer. From the very beginning, she bolstered our confidence-
- You are an artist!
- God made you an artist!
- You craft with words!
- You are special!
Hearing isn’t always believing especially when you say you are a writer and someone inevitably asks, “So have I read anything you’ve written?”
We’ve all heard this question in various forms at one time or another. It can be discouraging and frustrating. Joyce has heard it too. How does she respond to this inevitable question? “Have I seen any of the tax returns you’ve prepared?”
She admitted to picking on accountant that day, but her point remains – don’t let anyone make you doubt who you are and what you’ve been called to do. We are made in God’s image and God is the Creator. We have no reason to be ashamed, afraid or insecure.
If you know you are a writer in your heart, embrace it, celebrate it, thank God for it and above all – keep writing!