Keep your heart with all diligence,
for out of it spring the issues of life.
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV
Definition of keep according to Oxford Languages:
1. have or retain possession of.
2. cause to continue in a specified condition, position, course, etc.
The main difference between unknown writers and successful authors in the inspirational publishing world is that godly writers keep at it until the work God wills us to do is done.
I wonder how many books the world needed didn’t get put in print because the writer gave up too soon.
A keep-at-it mind and heartset are necessary for Christians and creatives alike. (I’m targeting my struggling heart here.)
Here are 8 tips to help us keep writing:
1. We don’t have to give up on a project because even if it doesn’t become a book, it can be revised and edited into a series of blog posts or podcasts.
2. No writing is a waste of time. Sentences, pages, or chapters an editor suggested being killed off can be saved in a separate “darlings” file and used in other projects.
3. Thanks to self-publishing, we never need to abort a book idea we believe in.
4. If our favorite project didn’t get published, the work we put into completing the manuscript developed our craft. Often the early ones aren’t the first works to stick. Sometimes they get published later after they’re reworked. Plus, the research we did putting pages together, taught us helpful lessons for life. (I’m finding this to be true regarding my current projects about practices that bless relationships.)
5. Tackling a blank page is like crossing the Red Sea, a writer’s inertia doesn’t recede until we dip our toes in the water.
6. We must never underestimate the potential of first drafts. Writing rubbish gives us something to turn into rubies.
7. Let’s find a writing quote, Bible verse, or statistic that inspires us. Maybe we can turn it into a prayer for God’s help too.
8. When we want to toss our pen, we can Google the following phrase and find lots of inspirational links that help us feel less alone and motivated to keep writing: encouragement for writers who want to give up.
I’m nosey to know which tip spoke to you today. Feel free to add more to this list. (I may or may not be asking for a friend.)
Blessings ~ Wendy Mac
Wendy L. Macdonald is an inspirational blogger and podcaster who loves to photograph nature on Vancouver Island. Her byline is: “My faith is not shallow because I’ve been rescued from the deep.”