The Lies Writers Tell Themselves
By Susan H. Lawrence
“I have to be in just the right mood to write.”
“I need to get my thoughts organized before I can get started.”
“If I just had a better space, away from everyone…”
“I don’t know enough to be a writer.”
“Writing comes easy to most well-known authors.”
“My story isn't interesting enough to share.”
“When I find the time to write…”
“I’ll never make it as a writer, because I can’t spell well, my grammar is bad, and I usually choose the wrong punctuation.”
Ask yourself, “What’s really behind my hesitation to write?” It’s often a lack of confidence. Sometimes, it’s a lack of organization and commitment. As you’re honest with yourself, perhaps you’ll find you’re not actually supposed to be writing—at least, not right now. If that’s the case, take the pressure off yourself, and intentionally set writing aside for a season. But as you discover your rationalizations are simple stumbling blocks inconveniently getting in your way, take a deep breath and knock them down or step over them. Write with no excuses.
Susan Lawrence is a women’s ministry consultant who also partners with women with writing goals. She speaks around the country, has written multiple Bible studies and devotionals, and blogs daily. If you’d like to start a conversation with her about your writing goals or other ministry needs, connect with her on PurePurpose.org.