On Thursdays I give tips to help your writing. I'm going to do that, but I'm also going to kick off the month of February with a virtue to work on. You're probably wondering what that picture has to do with it. Hang on. I'll tell you in a minute.
The virtue for February . . . I've heard a lot about this virtue over my life. When I served in the Young Women's program in my church, this virtue was at the top of the list for the young women because it was so important. Life would be very flat without this virtue.
February's virtue is . . .
So what does the picture at the beginning have to do with faith? Everything. Faith that the sun will set. Faith gives you peace like a sunset. Faith . . . well, I'll dive more deeply into faith next Tuesday, but let's discuss faith in regards to writing because a lot of what you do as a writer depends on faith. Really. Think about it.
You have to have faith in yourself to even begin to write a story.
The faith in your ability as a writer grows stronger with each word you type, with every scene you describe, with every character you give life to. That faith grows and grows. You may hit some snags as you ask people to read your work and you receive critiques. Your faith may titter a little, but then you step back and realize that maybe valid points were made, so you set to work again.
Faith grows even more once you finish your novel. You did it! You've written a book. This is a big deal, and you should feel good about yourself. But don't rest now. Find an agent or publisher and get your darling in the mail. Then have faith that you'll succeed.
During February we're going to work on developing iron-clad faith that will give you a shield to help maneuver around the pitfalls of self-doubt, a sword to cut through rejection, and a fortress of faith to build around you so you can succeed.
What do you do to keep faith in your ability as a writer?