Remember This When You Want to Quit Writing

 Photo courtesy of Of Hannah Olinger via unsplash

Photo courtesy of Of Hannah Olinger via unsplash

In high school, I ran cross country for two years and loved it! On Fridays, however, we did sprint drills on the steepest hill in town. I can’t lie, it was tough to run uphill on such a steep incline. The first few times I ran that hill, I seriously thought I might pass out and roll to the bottom (thank God I never did!). However, in one of our competitions that season, I had to run uphill to reach the finish line. Although my legs wanted to fall off, I knew it was between a friend I made on the opposing team and myself to win this race. Knowing this motivated me to give everything I had to beat my competitor and help my team bring home an incredible victory. 

Like runners, I think most writers have an understanding that they must work to accomplish their goals. However, the workload is sometimes greater than we could have imagined and it can take longer to achieve those writing goals. Like runners, however, our uphill battles help build our endurance. Knowing why we’re on this journey makes it a lot easier to face rejections, mental blocks, and more. Do you know the purpose of writing and sharing your work?

I asked writers to share with me the “why” behind their craft. Here’s what Candace A. Jones of Candace A. Jones Ministries says keeps her going--especially on days where it’s tempting to give up: 

I write because it’s therapeutic and strengthens my voice that I would otherwise silence. My humanitarian answer is I write because I know that my voice represents so many others who are too ashamed or afraid to speak up and out for themselves. I continue to write because of convictions like Paul when he proclaims in the epistles, “Woe unto me if I don’t preach,” except I’d say write. It’s a gift that I don’t want to neglect and I believe that in some way, no matter how big or small, I am helping to advance God’s kingdom.
— Candace A. Jones

Rebeca Perez of Blend My Love has a similar “why”:

I write because it is a form of therapy to express the stress embedded inside. [It’s] a healing regimen from past hurts.  On days where I feel like, “why bother!”  The Lord draws me back to pen and paper and replies, “continue to write.” I release my cares in stanzas and expose my vulnerabilities with the hope that someone out there needs to know it’s going to be alright.
— Rebeca Perez

Anekia Nicole of A Soulful Rebellion shares a comparable response:

For me, writing appeases the soul.  That is the simple reason why on days when I don’t feel [the] urge to write or feel the need to give up, I can still write. What’s most important, is writing has always been a form of therapy for me, so the act of writing enables me to relieve myself of any negative emotion or push through any internal blocks. It is also important to me that I write as my soul feels led and to continue to strengthen my creative abilities.
— Anekia Nicole

All of these incredible writers have experienced their fair share of difficulties and roller coaster emotions; however, they continue to pick up their pens, day after day. The reason? It’s because they know why they write and they know the purpose behind their craft. I have been blogging since 2014 and although the core of my why hasn’t changed much, the method I use for carrying out my purpose has evolved. 

Like the writers above, I write privately as a form of therapy and to better understand myself and the world around me. Publicly, however, I write to help busy moms like myself maintain their faith and mental health as they navigate the writing and self-publishing world. There are a lot of myths and limited thinking patterns that often hinder writers from achieving their goals. It is my mission to help busy moms overcome negative thinking patterns and obstacles so that they can successfully write a nonfiction book.

Being a writer isn’t easy but God has tasked each of us with the responsibility of sharing our stories. The great thing is that God isn’t looking for perfection as a prerequisite to writing and sharing these stories. He isn’t even asking us to have all the details figured out. We can always seek help for the details. He’s simply asking us to trust Him and write what He gives us. Our stories aren’t just for us but will be instrumental in helping the lives of those who read our work. 

Tweet that >>> God isn’t looking for perfection as a prerequisite to writing and sharing your stories. He isn’t even asking you to have all the details figured out. He’s simply asking you to write what He gives you. 

So, listen, girl. If you’re thinking you ’ve got to be the perfect spouse, mom, believer, and writer to be an effective storyteller, I know where you’re coming from, and I’m here to help. If you don’t think anyone would want to read what you have to say, I’m here for you, too. I’m even here if you don’t think you have the time or know how to write and self-publish a nonfiction book. 

I’m a wife, a mom to three beautiful daughters (say a prayer y’all, lol), a school counselor, writer, and I’m active in my church. I know from personal experience how difficult it is to achieve writing goals. However, I’m a firm believer that if God gave you a gift, He’ll help you accomplish your mission. That means you, too, sis. 

So, tell us in the comments below why you write. Try to go beyond the surface and consider the following questions when replying below:

> Why do I enjoy writing?
> What topics do I love exploring and writing about?
> What would I write about even if I couldn’t profit anything from it? Why is this topic important to me?
> Do I want to keep my writing private or impact others with my writing publicly? If public, how will others benefit from my work?