The writer’s confidence is a slippery fish.
No matter what we do or try to tell ourselves, most of us have trouble feeling confident as writers. Oh, we have our moments, but they don’t last. One minute we’re on cloud nine because things are going well. The very next minute, we’re on our noses in the dirt because we don’t know what we’re doing or someone gave us a bad review.
I recently started a writers’ group, and more than one person was concerned about a basic question—whether or not their book idea was any good. There’s that confidence thing again.
What do you think? How do you know if your idea is worth pursuing?
Writing with God Is an Adventure
If you’re a follower of Jesus, you aren’t just writing a book. It’s more than that. Every book is a divine adventure for you, something you are writing with God. Wouldn’t you want to go on that adventure…just to see what could happen?
This isn’t something you’re doing on your own. The more you pray about your book, the more you talk to God about it and get in the habit of discussing it with Him, the better you’ll get at writing. Specifically, the better you’ll get at listening to the quiet voice of the Holy Spirit and writing with Him. It will become more natural for you to go to Him whenever you have a book question. You’ll come to depend on Him more and more, and that is always a good thing. That is where your book gets really, really good.
The Staircase Idea
Books are like stairs. Each book you write—even if it never sees the light of the publishing day—will get you closer to your end goal, whatever that end goal is for you. Perhaps it is to be a better writer. Perhaps it is to tell a story or share something God has shown you.
If you sat down for a cup of coffee with me, and you told me about your book, I would probably say, “Yes, you should write that.” Why? Because you are on a unique journey with God, and anything you write during this journey will be of benefit.
So take the risk. Go on the adventure. It could change your life, not to mention the lives of your readers.