Writers tend to be sensitive people. We feel things. We sense stories and books before they happen, and to the best of our ability, we try to “transcribe” them for others.
But an unfortunate aspect of sensitivity is that we can be sensitive to things God doesn’t want us to be sensitive to. For instance, writers can struggle with a form of depression that keeps us from being able to believe what God is saying. We can wrestle with negative thinking and start to believe things about ourselves that just aren’t true.
The next time you feel like throwing your laptop in the lake, try to keep these things in mind:
1. Remember What God Has Said
Depression—or in this context, negative thinking—can play a significant role in your writing. There will be days when you look at your writing and feel like a failure. You won’t be able to see what is true about your work. Everything will just seem terrible to you, and you’ll wonder why you ever thought being a writer was a good idea.
In those moments, you have to remember you are not seeing clearly. God is bigger than what you are thinking. He is the One who gave you this desire to write, and He will help you get there. What He says about your writing is more important than how you feel in the moment.
2. Look at Your Writing with Faith
Look at your writing with faith, the way you would look at anything else. Take it on faith that this project is going to turn out well.
Obviously, not every day will be a “bad” day, but all of us deal with self-doubt from time to time. You might think that what you’re doing isn’t working or that other people could probably do what you’re doing a whole lot better than you could.
But in the end, it doesn’t matter if someone else is a better writer than you are right now. God wants to work with you on this project. You’re His choice.
3. Find Out What God Thinks
How you feel about yourself affects your writing. You have to think good thoughts about yourself and your book, so you actually have the space and inclination to hear what God is saying to you.
Sit down with Him this week and ask Him what He thinks of you as a writer. You will be amazed. At the very least, you’ll be happy.