#WriterWednesday: When Inspiration Strikes or Not

This is a late night edition of #WriterWednesday, but if you’re anything like me this is when you get your best work done. That is if you feel inspired, but what happens when you’re not feeling it?

I’m going to tell you what to do when you’re not feeling it. Treat your writing like your faith–keep walking anyway. As Christians we walk by faith and not by sight. It doesn’t matter what we see or what’s going on around us we’re supposed toGood idea stand. What do you think you’re supposed to do with your gift? Only write when the muse strikes or when you’re wearing your lucky green socks?

No…don’t worship the muse or wait for the muse that is idol worship. Worship the Lord, who is the giver of every good and perfect gift, in spirit and in truth and watch the words flow. Watch how you’re fingers fly if you just sit down and say “It’s not me, but it’s in you, Lord and I want to be used by you no matter the time–day or night and regardless of how I feel.” 

How do I know that this method will work? Because I’m doing it right now. I wasn’t feeling it. I wasn’t inspired and I have nothing to say, but I want to be consistent (as a good blogger should be), I want to be encouraging to new authors and share what I am learning (I am The Neophyte Author, right), but I don’t want to sound like a broken record either rehashing all kinds of lessons on writing that are available all over the internet. So, as I tried to think of what to write about this Wednesday I said a prayer and left my computer alone. I went about my day the way I normally do (pick up Boogie from camp, eat dinner, and hit up Bible Study).

Now it’s after ten and I said this night will not end with me offering something. In this moment the Jesusmet me (that’s the Lord I’ve been referencing if you want to get to know him see the What Must I Do to b Saved? page) and gave me these words. Don’t trust your gift, talent, or calling for they come without repentance (God gives you what you need to be who He wants you to be before you’ve even considered serving Him), but trust in the one who gave it to you. Yield yourself to him and do what you have been called to do, share your gift, and cause your talent to be multiplied and bring the bounty all back to him. That means work in spite of feeling inspired work as unto Him and He will take care of the rest.

Failure. Not An Option.

Last week while aimlessly scrolling through my Facebook news feed I stumbled upon a post about how much published writers make. Based on the data, according to the Digital Book World 2014 Survey the financial forecast for me is bleak. However, as I type this post right now everything in me is echoing, “Not so.” You see for me there is something that I cannot and will not accept. Failure. Not an option. Whatsoever. Don’t get me wrong, I am not saying that because you do not earn a certain amount of money from your writing you are a failure, but my goal is not to be broke and the God I serve is rich in houses in land. He delights in blessing His children.  Why should I accept earning less than what He is capable of providing? 

The first thing I want to use my writing for is to glorify God that is not equivalent to earning $1000 per year. The word clearly tells me (and you) that our gifts will make room for us in this world. So, don’t shake your author earningshead at this post and say, “That girl has gone completely mad, she ain’t making a dime.” I believe God. I believe He made the patriarchs rich and I believe He is the same yesterday and forever. Therefore, failure. Say it with me, “Not an Option.”

I don’t know what the forecast for success for you is in your field of industry, but I am sure the odds are stacked against you or there is someone always telling you what you cannot do. They’re wrong. When I set out to get my book published someone said to me, “I don’t know why you’re doing this. You’re not going to make.” I was crushed and at the same time invigorated. Those words hurt, but the Lord filled me with something sweet and I’m going to share it with you today. The Lord inspired me to respond to that person’s unbelief by saying, “Even if you don’t believe in me don’t you believe in my God?” I dare you to say that your naysayers and the dream-killers in your life who always have data and facts to share. The fact is God is greater than statistics. The fact is prosperity is a part of his plan for us. The fact is with God all things are possible, including me earning more than what that survey says.