Sunday, July 24, 2022

Tips to Keep Writing When the World is Falling Apart

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson 

If world events in the past couple of years has taught us anything, it’s that life can change in an instant. I thought I knew that, but now it’s something I’m hyper-aware of, and it’s affected the way I do life, writing life and all the rest as well. 

At the beginning of all this craziness, I ascribed to the hunker-down-and-wait mentality. 

I couldn’t seem to motivate myself to creativity—or much of anything else. I overdosed on news and Netflix. It made my mind and body sluggish and my mood plummeted.

My life was passive as I was waiting for things to settle and a pattern to emerge.

I had become like a certain type of heroine whom I despise. One who just waits to be rescued and lets everyone else have fun sword fighting and saving the day. Not really a picture I’m proud of. 

Luckily God finally got my attention and He whispered some fairly significant truths.

God's Truth about the World
  • I never was in control to begin with and this time is a reminder of that fact. For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back? Isaiah 14:27
  • I was never promised a clear path with predictable outcomes. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you, When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. Isaiah 43:2
  • I have been given certain gifts, situations, and communities—as well as jobs to do within them. I was never promised a specific set of circumstances with which to follow my calling. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2:10
  • Life is finite and I must make the most of the time I’m given. Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. James 4:14
  • God loves me and He’s never lost control. None of the craziness of life—now or later—can shake Him from the purposes He’s ordained. No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:37-39

That last one. 

God IS still in control. 

I don’t get a free pass from life just because things are difficult and different. 

Where to Focus When the World Falls Apart
  • Draw closer to God through prayer, Bible study, worship and praise. But for me it is good to be near God; I have made the Lord God my refuge, that I may tell of all your works. Psalm 73:28
  • Exercise my gift. God has a purpose for the gifts he’s given each of us. And He wants to use our gifts to change the world. But if I’m not using them, He’ll move on and use someone. As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: 1 Peter 4:10
  • Love the people God has placed in my path. To me that means more than friends and family, it means I must truly love—the difficult kind of love—those on the news who anger me, the driver who cuts me off, the grocery clerk who’s exhausted and needs a kind word. Above all, keep loving one another earnestly, since love covers a multitude of sins. 1 Peter 4:8
  • Remember that God isn’t finished. And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6 
So where does this leave me as a writer in difficult times? Exactly the same place I was as a writer in easier times. And that's an important truth I'm just now embracing. My calling and my purpose haven't changed even if the world around me has. It's time to seize the day and be about the business of writing.

What about you? How are moving on with your purpose in spite of the crazy world around us. 


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.


  1. Hi Edie,

    Thanks again for the timely reminder. I’ve been sick for months, at least the past nine months. I stopped writing, and you’re right, I’m sure that I don’t get a pass. I needed this uncomfortable prompting that I need to do the things I can still do.


    1. Laurie, I hate you’ve been struggling. 🥺 I hope this post was more encouraging, than discouraging! Blessings, E

  2. Edie,

    Thank you for these wise words of encouragement backed with something that never changes: God's Word through Scripture. Our persistence and consistency to use our writing gift is a critcal part of our lives (yes mine too in this plural tense).

    author of Book Proposals That $ell, 21 Secrets To Speed Your Success (Revised Edition)

  3. Yes, Edie, and Amen!

    __Occupy until He comes. “And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, occupy till I come.” Luke 19:13"

    __Look up, for our redemption draws near. "Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”


  4. So relevant to my now. Thank you.