Saturday, March 26, 2022

Embrace the P.O.I.N.T. of Being a Serious Writer

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Many of us came to the world of writing in a roundabout way. A lot of us don’t have degrees that qualify us. Because of that, we often struggle with insecurity. 

We strive for validation through publication. 

But no matter how many awards we win, things we publish, followers we have, the only validation that lasts is confidence. 

And confidence is a decision, not a designation.

Who we are, knowing what we were called to do or even where we are on the journey. But it always takes a great dollop of faith to make it stick.

And some days it sticks better than others.

So here is my acronym for getting to the point of writing confidence, which is foundational to being a serious writer. 

The P. O. I. N. T. of Being a Writer

P is for persistence, permission, and patience. 
Being a writer is a journey, not a destination, so it takes persistence to stay the course. Beyond that, it’s not a path that ends in perfection. To be confident in ourselves means we have to give ourselves permission to to try things and fail. Failure is an option and frequently holds the key to learning the best secrets. Finally, we must have patience. Nothing about being a serious writer comes overnight.

O is for optimism, organic, and obstacles. 
The writing journey isn’t easy, and that’s especially true if we’re only looking for the worst in ourselves and everything around us. We have to develop a glass-half-full-mentality to survive. Organic is the best kind of growth for a writer. We all progress at our own speed. Comparison is the quickest way to discouragement. Finally obstacles—there are always bumps in the writing road, no matter how far along we are. Obstacles are challenges to be met, hardships to be conquered, and barriers to get around. They are NOT excuses to stop.

I is for insecurity, intuition, and inconceivable. 
Insecurity isn’t something that disappears on its own. It’s one of those obstacles that must be conquered—sometimes on a daily or even hourly basis. Accept the fact that almost one hundred percent of those writing feel insecure. Intuition is often something we must learn to trust. We should take critique well, but we must become secure in our own abilities. Finally inconceivable is the emotion that happens when we take a minute to realize we’re living out our dream. It isn’t easy, but it’s a courageous thing to do and we should lean into that and celebrate on a daily basis.

N is for noise, never, and nevertheless. 
Noise is the chaos of life threatening to drown out the words clamoring to escape our souls. We must fight against the siren call of busyness and be about the work of writing. Never is the time when we quit. We never give up the pen. The only way to fail as a writer is to quit, so never is the driving beat deep within our souls. Nevertheless is how we keep moving forward. Certain things happen, but nevertheless we keep writing.

T is for toiling, testing, and THE call. 
Toiling is what we do. It’s more than just work, it’s the driving force that keeps us writing through the night and through the chaos of life. Testing is what happens again and again as we prove to ourselves we can persevere. Finally THE call is why I do what I do. I felt God whisper that I was a writer. I feel His joy as exercise the gift He’s given me. And one day I pray to receive the ultimate affirmation when I stand before Him. “Well done good and faithful servant.”

These are the points that make up the lines that create the words that we share with the world. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this writing life.

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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 Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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  1. Edie, you have captured the heart of the journey. Thank you for reminding us to persevere. We persist because we have God's invitation to partner with Him in daring adventures. There will be bumps and bruises along the way, but we can trust Him to bring good.

  2. I'm one of those roundabouts. And yes, that can sometimes feed the insecurity. Good piece, Edie.

    1. Martin I think we all end up as roundabouts at some point! Blessings, E

  3. Inspiring reminder,acknowledging the obstacles and the fulfillment of persevering. Thank you!

    1. KT, thanks for taking time to comment! Blessings, E

  4. A hopeful and ispiring message, Edie. "The only way to fail as a writer is to quit." That is profound. Thank you!

    1. Katherine, thank you for the encouragement! Blessings, E

  5. This spoke to me in so many ways! His call is why we do what we do, when we know that in our hearts, in our very being, it allows us to take the next step. Thank you Edie for an inspiring message!

    1. Lisa, thank you for taking time to stop by! Blessings, E

  6. Thinking about failure frequently holding the key to learning the best secrets, is illuminating. Thank you!

  7. Love your points. Each one carries so much truth. Thanks for sharing.