I’ve asked that question of myself a few years ago. I was reading The Power of a Praying Woman by Stormie Omartian and God spoke to me through that book. I felt very strongly that He asked me to lay down my passion for writing on His altar—if He gave me the go-ahead to continue with my writing career, I would have the green light. If not, well, then I’d be crushed, but would give up writing if that’s what He asked me to do—for Him. This may sound weird to some, but that’s what I felt in my spirit and that’s what I did. For almost a year, I gave up writing and spent hours and hours of quality time with the Lord—digging into the Bible and praying during my free time at work at lunch breaks and in the morning and evenings.
Obviously I can’t read the mind of God and understand specifically His reasoning behind the request to lay down my passion for writing—however, I grew tremendously in my spiritual life during that year and when I picked up writing again, my perspective changed and I had a new attitude toward why I was writing. No longer was I writing for myself or only because I loved to write and had to write. I started writing because I realized God gave me a gift to write and wanted me to tell stories that would glorify Him.
Writing takes work and discipline and effort in regard to getting it right and then marketing the work—yet, when your perspective is tuned into God’s view, and how He wants to speak through your words, all of the tedious aspects fade into the distance—leaving only the true joy of doing God’s will for your life. I’ve always wanted to be a writer, ever since I was in high school, but that day during my lunch break when God asked me if I loved Him more than my passion for writing—everything changed. My passion for writing is so STRONG, I can’t express it enough. Being asked to give that up forever…I mean, really, I wasn’t so sure I could do it, but my love for God was stronger.
The beauty of the entire situation was that just about one year later, God permitted me to take back my passion for writing and a new story was born and I quickly got to work. I’ve been happily working on my books ever since—truly knowing that I have God’s blessing to write. Whenever the doubt sets in that maybe I’m not good enough as a writer or should I be pursuing this career, I have this time in my life to fall back on. I can know beyond any shadow of doubt that God wants me to pursue writing books. That fact has been a great comfort to me in that last few years.
I will not limit myself and put God in a box ~ His ways are not my ways. He knows what He is doing and has a perfect plan for my life. No matter how things turn out, I will keep on writing books because that is my passion and I am so thankful for the opportunities I have been given. I want to do the best that I can with what I’ve been given and be a good steward of my talents. God has a plan for your life, too ~ just trust in His Divine Providence to be your guiding light!
Just wanted to share the following:
I write because I can even though there will always be critics of my work, but I charge ahead brazenly, trying to freely express myself, my beliefs and my dreams in what I write.
I write because it feels like I’m not breathing if I don’t write. It’s a part of who I am and the characters in my mind and their lives flow freely onto the page and I feel compelled to tell their stories.
I write because I feel that I have something important to say and even if I didn’t think that anyone would ever read my work, I would still continue to write, for me.
I write because I have lived and have experiences and want to intertwine those pains and joys and emotional times into stories that can touch peoples’ lives and let them know that someone else out there has felt the same way.
I write because I feel that God has given me a gift; I may not be the best writer in the world, but I want to be the best writer that I can be and glorify God in everything I write.
I write because it’s therapy when I’m going through something in my life and I can tell a story of someone who is struggling, but goes through the journey and comes out the other side a better person and I hope that someday that will also be me.
I write because I love to read and reading has always been a part of my life since I was a young child. I want to create my own stories that encompass the imagination I have.
I write because I want to leave a legacy and hope that my work will, in some small way, make this world a better place and help readers see that God is the answer.
I write because there are some stories that just need to be told and I figure that somebody needs to tell them…
Why do you write? Do you have your own Writer’s Declaration or writing journey you’d like to share?