Monday, December 4, 2023

Timeless Writing Truths Learned From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I love all the Christmas specials that come around every year during the holidays, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has always been one of my favorites. I identify with his lack of self-confidence, his heart for his friends and especially his gumption when Santa called on him to step up and guide the sleigh that night. 

And it occurs to me that, as writers, there are a lot of valuable lessons in this holiday tale. 

10 Timeless Writing Truths:
  • 1. We’re all born with a special gift. 
  • 2. At some point we all feel like that special gift is a curse.
  • 3. Hiding who we really are brings out the bullies and naysayers.
  • 4. We all need time to mature into our gift.
  • 5. Trying to live up to the image of who others think we should be won’t bring anything but trouble and heartache.
  • 6. True friends will see beyond our differences and embrace the essence of who we are.
  • 7. We’re given that special gift for a reason and a purpose.
  • 8. Running away from who we are doesn’t ever solve anything.
  • 9. There will come a time when you have to decide to work within your gift, not around it. And the best lesson of all . . . 
  • 10. Being who God meant you to be will bless others as much as you.

How about you? Which one of these thoughts resonates with you? Be sure to share your thoughts below in the comments section.


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. Thank you Edie for this article. Number five was always a problem for me. I felt down deep inside that if I did what other people thought I should be doing and I failed then it wouldn’t be my fault. It took me a long time to accept my gift that God has given me, and I have found that not pursuing that gift is a rougher road to travel than actually pursuing and developing the giftGod has given me.

  2. Lovely analogy, Edie. #5 also resonates with me. Trying to fit into a mold that someone else made isn't a good idea.

  3. 10. Being who God meant you to be will bless others as much as you. It is sometimes easier for me to push to do things for others than to do them for myself. Being who God meant me to be is a 3-way win--His pleasure, loving and serving others as He has called us to do, and the joy of feeling like exactly who He intended us to be AND being loved.