I don’t know about you, but this week has been a fairly stressful one for me. Everything is starting to pick up steam in the final push before the end of the school year.
We’re going to fast, fast save us. In this crazy, somewhat emotional time, it can be easy to slack on your writing. I will be perfectly vulnerable here.
I haven’t written in a while.
*cue swatting me with newspapers of motivation*
Because as all of you know, things are hard at the end of the school year. (Small note: school is very important and that should be your first priority. I struggle with this, but it’s true. Don’t slack on your education. Stay in school, kids 😉 ) It’s hard to find time to write. And sometimes you feel like you can’t write. Like the words won’t come out.
But lemme say something.
It’s a myth, friend.
Yes. ‘Tis a myth. Wanna know why?
Sometimes there is nothing holding you back but the lies you are believing about your writing. Sometimes there is no valid reason other than the Devil is convincing you that you aren’t good enough. That “why write? No one listens anyway…” That you have no say in the world around you.
But hey guess what. The Devil is a liar; a deceiver, and he’s already lost. He ain’t got no power over you. You are believing things from the wrong source.
You wanna know what God thinks about you?
You are enough. You are being heard. You have something to contribute to the world around you. You have a voice. Your words have power. They are making an impact, whether you see it or not.
If you are out there right now saying any of these negative things, I have a few techniques to both combat this way of thinking/remove so-called “writer’s block”
- Stand firm in who you are in Christ. This may seem like a duh, but when you are truly rooted in God’s word, listen for Him daily, and know exactly what he thinks of you, it’s hard to get bogged down in the negative. We are beautiful creations who have a purpose. Whether it be writing, music, or art, God has called you to something and when you are walking in true identity, you don’t have any reason to walk in the negativity.
- Claim God’s victory over your life. Y’all this is the best. God won. You don’t have to struggle with sin anymore. He defeated it. When you believe the Enemy’s lies, you go back and hold fast to the shackles that God already broke. Why would you want that? Claim that the victory that God won is yours. Because it is!
- Take a break and try something new! This is more of a practical writing tip for writer’s block. If you truly can’t think of what to write, try taking a break from your project for a while and coming back with fresh eyes later. However, if you do this, I’ve learned to NEVER stop at a finished word, sentence, or paragraph. Your brain will recognize it’s incompleteness later and automatically want to finish it.
- LISTEN TO MUSIC THAT WORKS WITH YOUR PROJECT. I’ve said it before and I will say it again, listen to music. Music always has a medicinal effect on my writing brain. If you have no ideas, listen to music. If you are trying to figure out where you should go next in the story, listen to music. If you have no clue what this character should act like, listen to music. Basically, any question you ask, listen to music.
Well, folks, I hope this helps! And just so you know, there is no such thing as a perfect writing life. There will always be struggles. There will always be hardships. There will always be that one thing you never can fully grasp.
But the good news is, there will always be a God who cares enough to answer your cry for help. There will always be a God who will make something beautiful out of the mess that is covering this world. There will always be a God who hears you and knows you and wants to carry your problems. Even on the hardest days when you feel like your spring of cunning phrases and beautiful dialogue is dry, cry out to the one who invented words in the first place. He will, without a doubt, come to your rescue.
(*cough cough* exhibit A: this post. *sheepishly smiles*)
Now go forth, mis amigos and amigas, and smile. Your day is just beginning. Make the best of it. Don’t procrastinate. Work hard. Make me proud. 🙂
Love you all,