Saturday, February 29, 2020

Remembering What Defines True Success as a Writer

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21

One thing I’ve noticed is that we writers are way too hard on ourselves. We’re constantly comparing ourselves to each other, looking for affirmation through someone else’s opinion about our work and even our calling.

We check to see how many views our articles get, how many followers our blogs have and how many stars the reviewer gave our latest book. These things can undermine and sometimes even totally destroy our perspective, not to mention our confidence. Because, let’s face it, there is always someone willing to point out what we did wrong or could have done better. 

If we’re not careful, we can get to the point where we treasure what others are saying about us more than what God is doing through us.

So how do we stay focused in this crazy writing world where everyone seems eager to pass judgment? I think the key to thriving is to keep focused on what and especially on WHO truly matters. 

These are somethings I focus on when life seems out of focus. Because when life goes out of focus, it’s almost always a priority issue. 

These are the things I look at to make sure my priorities are in line.

  • 1. My prayer focus. Even though I know I need to always begin writing with a time of prayer, that seems to be the first thing I forget when I get stressed. Having a daily quiet/prayer time is part of my life routine, but that’s not enough. I must begin every writing time with prayer.

  • 2. Time in God’s word. If my daily time with God begins to shrink or disappear, then my writing life suffers.

  • 3. Remembering the why. Yes, I’ve always been a writer, but when I answered God’s call to write for Him, my foundation changed. When I find myself chasing numbers, I go back to number 1. I refocus on my calling and more importantly the one who called me. 

  • 4. I refocus on relationships, instead of connections. There is a difference in these two. Relationships are built, connections are just numbers. Connections—when nurtured—often grow into relationships, but only when we concentrate on serving people instead of amassing numbers.
  • 5. I rehearse what God has already done. No matter where you are on your writing journey, you have already seen God at work. Make note of the good things along the way—the whispers from God you’ve heard in your soul, the honest words of encouragement others have spoken or written to you, the successes you’ve had. We place far too much focus on the things we’ve done wrong, instead of the amazing things God is doing through us.

Bottom Line
I’ve found that when I treasure God’s word and His opinion, my heart stays safe and protected. I’m insulated from a worldly perspective determined to destroy anything God has called good.


Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives. Connect with her on her website,  through FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


  1. Edie,

    Thanks for this important article and helping us remember why we write. We serve a Living God and books change lives--as I well know because years ago reading a book, a book changed my life.

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    1. Terry, books do change lives—as so many of yours have! Blessings, E

  2. It touched a chord in my heart this morning.
    "Time in God’s word. If my daily time with God begins to shrink or disappear, then my writing life suffers."
    As my days get busier and my schedules tighter, I find my QUIET TIME suffers the most. Here, you say it is the reason my writing suffers. Oh, my. Lord, get me back on track!

    1. Jackie, I was writing to myself. I’m heading into a busy season and I needed this reminder as well! Blessings, E

  3. Thank you Edie, for the reminder that I write for Him. :-) I ask Him to give me words to share that will bring others closer to Him.

    1. Melissa, that’s a great prayer! Thank you for sharing! Blessings, E

  4. Amen Ms. Edie. Timely, heartfelt, and poignant. God's blessings ma'am.

  5. Thank you for this fantastic post. What a great reminder to keep glorifying God as the focus of my writing and not my own glory. I needed to hear this.

  6. Great Article! I'm new to reading a Blog, any Blog. But because I've been told for years, having the gift for writing myself, that I should "Blog", I'm trying to discover what it even is! :) What I loved MOST about your article here Edie is that you keep the focus on our Dear Lord and Father FIRST and I loved what you said about "relationships", is there anything more important than our Relationship with our Lord first and then with others? thank you for a very good article.