Writing Tip Jar is a series to help encourage other writers and inspiring authors along their journeys. Happy Saturday, and pull out your notebook or click on your cellular notepad! It is time to write.
Are you having trouble confidently expressing yourself in your writing? Putting your writing out there can be a very rewarding thing but also a nerve racking one. The fear of not being politically correct, fear of offending others, fear of hearing others’ critiques, fear of not being an expert, fear of releasing too much of our business or imperfections tend to surface and introduce roadblocks to our writing. Or maybe we just dont have the courage to let our hair down and write something challenging and new, thus stifling our ability to be free in exercising and building our talent/natural gift.
I was a person who was proficient in sugar coating, people pleasing–afraid to step on someone’s toes and afraid to displease someone–(still need work on this) and sometimes it carried into my writing.
It was sometimes difficult to organize experiences and feelings in words. Years ago, I felt blocked because I couldnt translate what I was feeling on paper out of fear.
Later, there would be times, I would hear “just write.” Trust God and just write. And when I obeyed, great sparks emitted through my writing releasing an energy, a flow, and revelations like none other.
Sometimes we think some great big monster is suffocating our writing. But could it actually be that we may be suppressing our own writing from flowing naturally from the streams of our hearts?
Today’s tip does not condone writing that is birthed from a heart or goal of pushing immorality, unkindness, or prejudice, or tearing down others, or even heartless, undisciplined writing. That is not writing freely, but rather harshly as well as misusing this talent/natural gift. Yet, today’s tip is about just writing freely, being yourself, being authentic, being honest, letting God fully work through you. It is about using our God-given superpower to impact and bless others on paper or screen.
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: Ecclesiastes 3:1 NIV
There will be times that you hopefully put the pen down and just experience and listen. There will be times also when you have to pick up the pen and just release.
Don’t block your writing. Don’t suppress what you are feeling. Don’t suppress what needs to be said. Don’t suppress what can save someone else’s life. Don’t suppress the truth of what God wanted you to shine a light on. Don’t suppress the goofy, bubbly personality you have.
Show and tell it on paper, and if God leads you to omit or even postpone something in release during the editing process, then hold it back or don’t release it. You have that right. But until now, let it out. Don’t block your writing because you are afraid to tap into what you’re feeling, or dont think it would sound beautiful, or because you are talking about something different than everyone else.
And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.
Habakkuk 2:2 KJV
Someone needs that encouragement, that frankness, that “get yourself together”, that revelation and “aha” moment, that laugh, that realization that one is not alone, and that imperfect writing–yet full of heart and humility on its way to being beautifully and excellently skilled.
Put your shoes on honey, your journey awaits,
Come join me along my journey to learn to Trust God and Set The Captive Free. Visit www.stcfpoetrybook.com and get my books, Setting The Captive Free and Wearing Someone Else’s Shoes Ain’t Never Been Me.