Writing through Discouragement

Writing is filled with ups and downs as you learn, grow, and continue to write. Not everyone will like your writing. In fact, even best-selling authors have critics.

God designed us all differently. So our tastes are different. That means what we write will be liked by some, and disliked by others. 

When it comes down to it, you can either give up or keep pressing on.

So, what do you do when something happens to discourage you on your writing path?


In many ways, this is a given. As a Christian, my writing is a calling. I’ve felt it since I was a little girl. As I learn and write and grow, prayer is a must. It’s easy to forget to pray about your writing. But always, keep that first.

Remember why you chose to write.

For me, it’s something I can’t not do. Writing is my escape, a way to draw closer to God, but it’s also part of who I am. When I don’t write, my mood drops. I feel like something’s missing. It’s a hobby that’s more than a hobby, but not quite a career. It’s a dream. Someday, I hope my writing will be a career. Until I get there, I learn, I grow, I write.

Take a break.

It doesn’t have to be long. A day or two. If you need to breathe, spend time with your family, do a deep-clean, scrapbook, read–whatever you need, to refresh.

Keep writing. 

If it’s what you want to do, don’t give up. Discouragement comes and goes. This year, I entered the ACFW Genesis competition. I made it to the semi-finalists. Talk about encouraging! But then, I didn’t make it to the finalists. I learned so much. I’m a better writer now than I was in March when I entered. So, keep going.


The Story Equation
One of my favorite books to learn by bestselling author Susan May Warren

What discouraged you? A critique, feedback, or a feeling inside that you’re not good enough. Whatever it is, see what you can learn. If it’s a critique or feedback, evaluate whether you agree with it. If it’s something inside, evaluate if there’s any truth to it or if it’s a lie fed by Satan.

Also see my post on how you can improve your writing.

If you can’t not write, then keep writing. Don’t let the discouragement weigh you down. Learn. Grow. Write. God gave you this passion for a reason. 

Your Turn

What helps you deal with discouragement? Share some of your successes below. I can’t wait to hear from you.

CJ Myerly




  1. Lori Smanski

    This is so very true. I am not a writer, but I quilt. And there have been times when I have made something for someone and it was not appreciated or something was actually said that hurt my feelings. After all, I made it for you specifically. But you are right, we can not please everyone and the best thing to do before and after is pray. This is a great post. A great reminder no matter where our passions lie.

    1. momentsdippedinink

      I think quilting is so amazing. I love that you got something out of it as someone who doesn’t write, but creates in a different way.

  2. Jaimi@The Stay-at-Home Mom Survival Guide

    This was so hard for me during my years of blogging. So many opinions and they often differed from mine-and a few readers wanted to make sure I knew that. 😉 As we strengthen in faith I think it gets easier to deal with.

  3. Melissa Wenger

    I can certainly relate to this!

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