How do you measure your progress as a writer?
The next time you take a look at the numbers—who’s following your blog, how many likes you have on Facebook, how many people read your tweets—and you start to feel discouraged, remember that small beginnings are good beginnings. They are trustworthy.
Small beginnings are the starting point of every major enterprise. As Ralph Waldo Emerson put it, “The creation of a thousand forests is in one acorn.” Every house begins as a drawing. Every best-selling book starts with the author buying a new notebook or opening a new document on their laptop. Beginnings are healthy when they are small.
As writers, we can look at where we are right now and start to feel deflated at the rate of our growth. We may even wonder if we’re failing, because we aren’t where we want to be. But if we are listening to God’s voice, learning, and practicing our craft, then we are growing, which means we’re doing fine. We are exactly where we’re supposed to be, and He can tell us if we need to be doing something different.
Growth takes time, and time spent growing is never a waste. If we are faithful with little, we will be faithful with much (Luke 16:10). Those famous words carry significant weight for the writer who is hoping to change the world one day.
If You Feel Discouraged
- Remember why your heart wants to be a writer.
- Remember what God has told you.
- Memorize the promises in Scripture about God’s faithfulness.
- Keep going. Be brave.
- Surround yourself with people who encourage you.