Thursday, March 10, 2016

Are You Writing From a Place of Fear

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I was texting back and forth with my good friend and prayer partner, Beth Vogt, last week—sharing a struggle I was having with a series of blog posts. As we talked, it dawned on me that instead of writing with courage and faith, I was writing from a place of fear.

Fear of failure.

Fear of expectations.

Fear of others and how I might be perceived.

No wonder I was having such a difficult time. The revelation stunned me. If there’s one thing I pride myself on (and that should have been my first clue I was about to fall flat on my face), it’s the thought that I’m not afraid of anything.

As I travel and speak to writers, that’s one of the first things I share with them. “You must approach this writing life with courage. Be brave and willing to try things that seem scary.”

So what did I do to overcome this roadblock?

First, I took it to God in prayer.
1.  I took it to God in prayer. His word is clear on the fact that we’re not supposed to fear. I acknowledged what I’d been doing and turned my fears over to Him.

2.  I made a list of all the things I was afraid of. I didn’t just think about them in my mind. I put them on paper. Know what I discovered? Most of the things I was worried about looked pretty silly on paper.

3. I looked at the things that weren’t silly and turned them upside down. For example: I was afraid someone I loved would misunderstand my motive. To turn it upside down I considered the possibility that someone God loved would see Him more clearly. Yes, what I was fearful about could happen, but so could the other things. After looking at things differently, I decided it was worth the risk.

I've chosen to spread my writing wings and soar.
4. I gave myself permission to write from a place of courage. I turned away from those voices that warned of the bad things that could come. Instead, I spread my writing wings and soared into the freedom of wordplay. I recaptured the joy of writing from my heart, exploring the whisperings of God in the depths of my soul. I rediscovered writing from a place of grace.

Today I’d like you to take a long look at where you are with your writing. Ask yourself if you’re writing from a place of grace or a place of fear. Then leave a comment below, committing to a new season writing from grace.

Don’t forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie

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22 comments:

  1. Thanks for the reminder that God didn't give us a spirit of fear but of courage and a sound mind. That's a much better place from which to write.

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    1. Sharron, it's definitely something we need to keep at the forefront of our minds. Blessings, E

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  2. Amen, Edie. When it comes to my book, I write from a place of fear. It is my first book. I desire many to be changed by it. But I am not the one who does the changing, God does. Your post reset my path from fear to faith. Thank you. Please pray as I write.

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    1. I'm the same way, Cherrilynn. I discovered it quite a while ago and have done anything to avoid it. But, Edie, your thoughts of how my writing might impact someone GOD loves, definitely turns it around and is impetus to actually sit down and write.

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    2. Cherrilynn, it's something we all slip into if we're not deliberate about taking every thought captive. Blessings, E

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    3. Ellen, I'm humbled to think that something I said has impacted your obedience to what God has called you to. Blessings, E

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  3. Well said, Edie. Writing for publication will always be an act of faith-based courage, full reliance on God, not self.

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    1. Dennis, that is so well said! Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Blessings, E

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  4. This is timely, Edie. I'm trying something that is a little difficult for me, and I was exactly where you say. I needed someone to point that out! Now I can put the armor on and move through it. Thank you!!

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    1. Ane, it definitely caught me by surprise. No matter how often I remind people that we'll always battle fear, when I find myself besieged by it, I'm caught off guard. Thanks for dropping by, Blessings, E

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  5. Thanks for such a great article - one I needed to read.

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    1. Cynthia, we all need the reminder! Blessings, E

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  6. Edie. How often I have done this and still do. Thank you for sharing at this time. I came home from conference on fire and then began to doubt. These are words I need to hear. Clella

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    1. Clella, that is so common after a conference. Stay strong. God called you and you have something to say! Blessings, E

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  7. Edie: You are such a courageous person and an encourager to so many. It doesn't surprise me that the enemy attempted to hem you in with fear -- to silence you, to isolate you. This is why it's so important to not be a Lone Ranger writer. To have prayer partners -- like I have with you -- and to have a writing community where we are motivated and reminded about the importance of being brave and staying outside our comfort zone!

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    1. Beth, such good thoughts here! Thank you for not letting me become a Lone Ranger Writer! Hugs, E

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  8. I was just talking to my husband about fear ... in my writing, but also in all of life. This blog post is timely and helpful.

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    1. Kim, yep, fear hits us in more places than just writing! Blessings, E

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  9. Edie, I'm amazed at the simplicity of point #4, yet, I find it terribly difficult to maintain...("I gave myself permission to write from a place of courage"). Recently I've been writing pieces (fiction and non-fiction) in first-person POV. Yikes! It's been revealing to me how often I shrivel up in fear for the very reason you mentioned in #3.Thanks for inspiring me today to write from a place of courage.

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    1. Doris, thank you! I appreciate you stopping by and sharing your thoughts! Blessings, E

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  10. Thanks for your post. Not only do I write in fear, but I fear telling people that I write. Thanks for the reminder of # 1 and for the encouragement to embrace # 4.

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  11. Edie,
    Thank you for this post. After 3 years I have my website up. It has been a roller coaster as I prepare to put my thoughts out in public and ask for comments. Thank God those moments of fear vanish when I focus on who gave me the words and WHO I seek to honor. Thanks for always being an encourager and being open and honest.

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