Wednesday, June 9, 2021

8 Ways to Equip Yourself for the Writing Journey

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Stephen King once said, “Life isn’t a support system for art. It’s the other way around.”


I'd like to go one step further and add that choosing the writing life isn’t a choice for the faint of heart. If you’re serious about having a career in publishing, you’re going to need some tools to equip yourself for the writing journey. Beyond that, you’re going to have to make some decisions about how you spend your time.  I did. And I haven’t regretted a moment of it.


Life is a series of small decisions that link together as a journey toward your goal.


So what is your goal? Do you want to be published, have a career filled with multiple books? Or are you hoping to become a full-time freelance writer or editor? Any of those are going to take time and commitment.


Then you’re going to have to decide right now if you’re willing to pay the price. 

Ways to Equip Yourself for the Writing Journey


1. Writing is done alone . . . by yourself. It’s just not a group activity. You’re going to have to commit to considerable time spent one-on-one with your computer, banging out words.


2. Writers need a team . . . I know I said it’s done alone, but you still need a support system. We live in our heads. Something considered abnormal by the majority of the world’s population. We need people around us who understand the frustration and the exultation that comes with writing.


3. Writing is easy . . . mastering the craft is hard. It takes time and study to do it with excellence. You’ve got to be willing to put in the time.


4. Writers need drive and determination . . . most of all. We need it a whole lot more than they need talent. See the bullet point above. We can master the craft if we work at it. It’s the work-at-it part that’s hardest.


5. Writing is political . . . yes, I'm going there. I know, this one may not make me popular, but it’s true none-the-less. In this business, it’s important who you know. You need to be networking, online, locally, and at conferences.


6. Writers need to believe in themselves . . . no matter what. Sometimes an internal sense of I’m on the right path is the only thing that stands between success and failure.


7. Writing is a mind game . . . yes you write alone, I'm not changing #1. But I forgot to mention those voices that take up residence in your head when you make the commitment. You’ll hear things from inside your head like this. This is awful, why do you even bother? or Nobody want to read this, just quit. 

8. Writers need to set priorities . . . and then stick with them. If you decide to write every Saturday morning, then do it. It doesn't matter if the house is a wreck before (or after if hubby is in charge of the kiddos). Honor your commitment to yourself!

These are the top eight things I’ve needed for my writing journey. What are some things that you’ve had to bring you success?


Don’t forget to join the conversation!




8 Ways to Equip Yourself for the #Writing Journey - @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

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 on Instagram


  1. I was going to say "Great reminders, especially # 6," but then I reread 1,2,3,4,5,7,8 and couldn't single one as more important than another.

    1. Marcia, I feel EXACTLY the same way! I know these because I have to practice them. Blessings, E

  2. Edie,

    Thank you for this article which is full of insights for every writer. Our journey as writers is full of many twists and turns--and definitely not the easy route to follow our calling. We need each other and the Lord throughout this process.

    author of 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed

  3. GREAT list, Edie. I face $7 with every novel just when I enter the dreaded MIDDLE. Ever. Single. Novel. I'm sure what I'm writing is a steaming pile of doo doo-doo. And I'm writing #15 right now. So, I've learned that's part of the gig. BUT (and I always have a big but) I always get past it. I call a crit partner and brainstorm. Then I can take off again. And my publisher likes what I end up turning in.

  4. This is a great message. Thank you Edie.

  5. Great list, Edie. I'd add writers need prayers, persistence, patience - pray to God when you are at a sticking point - have faith that He can help you, persistence - keep trying even though it is not always easy, and patience - that is not always easy either, but writers can develop it. Thanks for your blog, Edie, ... so helpful.

  6. What a wonderful post. The writing life is definitely a work of our heart, coupled with endurance in the process of bringing a story to fruition. All alongside our Heavenly Father, who guides us.

  7. Thanks for this list, Edie. I'd add endurance to the list. It's a marathon, not a sprint, and we have to keep going even when it seems like we'll never get to the finish line.

  8. These are so good. I don't have any trouble with #1, but #2 is difficult and #'s 5 and 7 can be tricky. Thanks for these encouraging pointers, Edie.