Thursday, September 13, 2012


As Christians, most of us strive to hold onto the truth that God is in control. Right? And as Christian writers, we believe that includes God knowing the right time and place for different phases of our careers. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have to do our part.

We also need to have a dream, a plan, and some motivation.

Where there is no vision, the people parish. ~Proverbs 29:18

 I recently read something to this effect: Our beliefs affect our actions, and our actions affect our results. 

Besides trusting that God has a handle on things, we also need to believe in ourselves—and hold onto the fact that God believes in us. After all, he gave us the desire and talent to write in the first place.

It takes belief in ourselves to write when:
  • We’re weary from the day job or taking care of our family.
  • We rise at 5:00 a.m. to write before tackling other responsibilities.
  • After receiving a rejection, we dive back in.
  • Years have passed without a contract.
  • Reviews or contest evaluations are hurtful.

Just as we need belief to have the motivation to act, we need to act to have any results. Stories aren’t going to be written during the night while we sleep. No one will see them if they aren’t submitted. And no contracts will be awarded if they’re never read.

To be successful writers we need to:
  • Believe in ourselves and in God’s plan for our writing careers.
  • Act on those beliefs and put in the hard work necessary.
  • Trust that by acting on our beliefs, we will produce results.

When I have doubts and trouble believing in myself, I check in with my team here. Annette, Ocieanna, and Angie are only an e-mail or a phone call away. We don’t just host a blog together. We encourage, support, and pray for each other in our writing and personal lives. It sure helps to hear that we believe in each other!

Are there days when you have trouble believing in yourself? What helps you get out of that funk?

~ Dawn


  1. Two things, no three (I sound almost biblical...): a sincere heart to heart with God (he's pretty good at breaking down my defenses when I am willing to honestly lament or get "funky" with him). Then, I have a friend whose main role in my life is to kick me in the butt (she's a creative type too, so this is often a mutual kicking). Finally, just writing something. Sometimes just being willing to own my doubts stirs someone else and I find that I'm not alone in the journey and it encourages me to keep going.

    1. Tina, we sure need those friends who will kick us in the butt, don't we? LOL I'm thankful for mine! And I agree...sometimes just being able to share our doubts with someone else who understands can make a huge difference.

  2. Well said, Dawn.

    I'm blessed to be surrounded with a family who wholly support my writing. On top of that I have very encouraging critique partners and first readers.

    Having that human support system is essential.

    1. Brenda, I'm with you! I keep telling my husband how much I appreciate his support. I couldn't do this without his belief in me and willingness to let me be who I am. Not everyone has supportive family members, so I feel so blessed to be surrounded by them. As for my critique partners--they'll forever hold a special place in my heart.

  3. Thank you so much, Dawn, for your support and encouragement, too. I count your friendship as one of my many blessings. :)

    I also have a Writing Encouragement folder where I keep email and those little bits of encouragement that come around every once in a while. In fact, I think this post is going in that folder right now.



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