I was eight years old when I decided that I wanted to be a writer for the rest of my life.
Then I was eighteen years old when I held my very first published book in my hands.
What did I learn in the years between those moments? What was some of the most important advice I heard and abided by during those months of hard work?
Well, I’m glad you asked. Here are four of the most important things I want you to remember if you are a writer…
1. Just write. You are a writer because you write. Writing is what you do. So do it often and do it consistently. Don’t worry about perfection; just make sure you’re getting words on paper. That is what matters most. Editing always comes later.
2. Don’t write for acceptance. As a writer I have received more rejections than I could count. When I first started submitting guest posts online, I received rejections left and right. I felt hurt and worthless as a writer. I thought I surely wasn’t any good. And if you’re feeling this way too I want you to remember this: Rejection is a part of writing. So don’t write just to be accepted, because you will not be able to handle the rejection. Write because you love writing. Write because God has called you to write.
3. Give glory to God. As a young published author, I have had plenty of people talk to me about my “success.” These are my praise moments where I can reflect the praise off of myself and onto the One who deserves it. As a writer, let your focus—above all else—be on glorifying God. Writing something that brings Him glory is the greatest honor.
4. Never give up. Writing is hard work. You’ll face rejection and you’ll pour so much of yourself into something that will require a lot of editing. Don’t give up. Keep writing, no matter how hard it gets. Keep being brave to put yourself out there. Don’t quit when the going gets tough.
Writer, keep writing. Dreamer, keep dreaming.
And don’t ever, ever give up.
Are you a writer? What is some of the best writing advice you have?
– Isabella Morganthal