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