Writing has always been the best way for me to release what is inside, “good” or “bad.” My pre-Christian writings were done with my heart and soul, but they will not be made public. Not that I can find them anyway! They were written pre-computer and I have no idea where they are.
If you feel called to be a writer, but don’t know where to start, I strongly encourage you to journal. It is amazing to me how I can begin journaling in one frame of mind, and the very act of writing seems to release those thoughts and allow me to move on. I don’t journal as a “diary” or account of things that happened, although if it is significant I note it for future reference. Usually my journaling is more of a prayer, a talking with God about the things on my heart. Perhaps that is why it enables me to move on, after releasing it to Him.
Whatever you do, don’t “edit” or “critique” as you write, just write! Have the courage to write badly! (I heard this somewhere else.) Another good quote is by Vincent Van Gogh – “If you hear a voice within you saying, “You can’t paint,” then by all means paint and that voice will be silenced.” I modified it for writers:
“If you hear a voice within you saying,
“You can’t write,”
then by all means write
and that voice will be silenced.”
My desire is that my writings will minister to your heart, enlighten your mind, advance you on your spiritual journey, draw you closer to the Lord and align you to His purpose for your life.
“And there are also many other things which Jesus did, the which, if they should be written every one, I suppose that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written. Amen.” (Jn. 21:25, KJV)