Am I Writing From a Place of Fear?

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

I was texting back and forth with my good friend and prayer
partner, Beth Vogt, sharing a struggle I was having with a series of
blog posts. As we talked, it dawned on me that instead of writing with courage
and faith, I was writing from a place of fear.

Fear of failure.
Fear of expectations.
Fear of others and how I might be perceived.
No wonder I was having such a difficult time. The revelation
stunned me. If there’s one thing I pride myself on (and that should have been
my first clue I was about to fall flat on my face), it’s the thought that I’m
not afraid of anything.

As I travel and speak to writers, that’s one of the first things
I share with them. “You must approach this writing life with courage. Be brave
and willing to try things that seem scary.”
So what did I do to
overcome this roadblock?
First, I took it to God in prayer.
1.  I took it to God in prayer. His word is
clear on the fact that we’re not supposed to fear. I acknowledged what I’d been
doing and turned my fears over to Him.
2.  I made a list of all the things I was afraid
of.
I didn’t just think about them in my mind. I put them on paper. Know
what I discovered? Most of the things I was worried about looked pretty silly
on paper.
3. I looked at the
things that weren’t silly and turned them upside down.
For example: I was
afraid someone I loved would misunderstand my motive. To turn it upside down I
considered the possibility that someone God loved would see Him more clearly.
Yes, what I was fearful about could happen, but so could the other things. After
looking at things differently, I decided it was worth the risk.
I’ve chosen to spread my writing wings and soar.
4. I gave myself
permission to write from a place of courage.
I turned away from those
voices that warned of the bad things that could come. Instead, I spread my
writing wings and soared into the freedom of wordplay. I recaptured the joy of
writing from my heart, exploring the whisperings of God in the depths of my
soul. I rediscovered writing from a place of grace.
Today I’d like you to take a long look at where you are with
your writing. Ask yourself if you’re writing from a place of grace or a place
of fear. Then leave a comment below, committing to a new season writing from
grace.
Don’t forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie
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Edie Melson—author, blogger, speaker—has written numerous books, including her most recent, While My Child is Away. She’s also the military family blogger at Guideposts.org. Her popular blog, The Write Conversation, reaches thousands each month. She’s the director of the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference and a member of the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association. She’s the the Social Media Director for Southern Writers Magazine, Social Media Mentor at My Book Therapy, and the Senior Editor for NovelRocket.com.