I am a writer. That’s what I do. Writers also edit. That’s what I’m doing as of now.
It’s been kind of a drag, like most editing projects are. Or really like how most writing-related projects are.
But the key is that I’m still plugging away. And in my plugging away, despite the nagging teeth of school assignments, I’ve come to remember three things.
And I thought perhaps you’d be interested in them as well.
Like my dad always says when he’s eating dinner..
1. It’s not a race!
As much as I would like to be finished with this book and as much as I have already worked on this book, I have to remember that no one will die or become seriously and mentally messed up if I don’t finish this book.
You’d think writers would like writing and polishing their work. Well, there are phases.
Sometimes, it’s an absolute joy polishing my work – adding fun lines of dialogue, writing chase scenes, writing dialogueless bits where characters just roll their eyes at each other, perfecting perfect plot-twisting points, and all that.
But there are times when I look at all these words I know need revising and it just feels like a big, humongous mess and a complete waste of time.
But then I have to remember that not only is it not a race, but also that I must…
2. Be not weary in well doing.
As an author for the Lord, I constantly have to remember that what I do anything I do – is to be done “as to the Lord, and not unto men” (Colossians 3:23).
Paul also tells us, writers included, we aught “… not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Galatians 6:9).
As Christian writers, we should hold fast onto the fact that our writing isn’t just “our writing” or “our stories” that no one is allowed to see until “perfection” has been achieved.
Our writing is God’s writing.
Like our earthly possessions, our salvation, and our souls, our writing belongs to God. Therefore, our writing and the way it is written should honor Him and Him alone.
Which brings me to third base.
3. Pray Without Ceasing… In the Spirit
It’s good to have a routine of prayer as a Christian as you sit down for a writing-related project.
But Paul says in I Thessalonians 5:18 “Pray without ceasing.”
As writers, this clearly transfers over to any part of the process of writing or editing or the like. Don’t just pray before you sit down for an hour of writing or editing.
If you hit a speedbump or become discouraged – pray. If you feel overwhelmed – pray. If you think what you’re writing is a huge pile of trash and garbage – pray (remember that its God’s writing and He wouldn’t have you writing a boatload of trash and garbage – only to teach you a lesson if He did).
“Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints” (Ephesians 6:18). Rest in the embrace of the Lord and the words will flow!
So, there you are. The three tremendous things I remembered while editing that you also can remember. It’s totally free advice. You can take or you can leave it.
But whatever you do, be also sure to tell me the things you’ve remembered while working on your writing? I want to know! I’m actually curious about you! I’m all ears!