10 Reasons to Keep Writing When You Want to Quit
by, Alycia W. Morales
I'm here to give you 10 reasons to keep writing:
1. You are a writer.
Claim it. Own it. And write on!
2. No one else has your voice.
You were created by God, and your voice is as individual as your fingerprint. No one else sounds just like you.
3. No one else has your story.
Yes, there's nothing new under the sun. But your story is just that--yours. Tell it.
4. Naysayers will be present, no matter what career you choose.
From the guy in the cubicle across from you in the office who envies you and puts you down because of his own insecurities to the husband who thinks your writing career is merely a hobby, there will always be someone telling you it's not possible. Prove them wrong.
5. "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Maya Angelou
Don't go through life in agony. Tell that story and find fulfillment in doing so.
6. Someone else will learn something from you.
Expertise comes from being ahead of someone else in whatever experience you have. If you aren't a beginner at something, you have some level of expertise in the matter. Use that and teach someone else something new.
7. God can use your testimony for His purposes.
But He can't if you don't share it. I shared my testimony with a woman who speaks with women outside of an abortion clinic all day. She is now sharing it with women who are considering abortion and has come back to me with news that my testimony is saving the lives of innocent babies. What a reward for sharing my testimony! God has used what the enemy meant for evil to do good.
8. Someone needs your encouragement today.
I've lost count how many times I've posted something online and received a message or comment telling me how much someone needed to hear that today. "Thanks for the reminder" is often left in my comments. Encourage someone today instead of quitting.
9. This too shall pass.
Sometimes we get discouraged. Whether the words aren't flowing or the kids are taking up our energy or we need to take on a "day job" for a season, we don't need to give up. This season will pass, and we will have the time and words to write.
10. It's not over until you quit.
Your writing career may be put on hold for a time, but it isn't over until you truly quit. So don't quit!
Hopefully you will finish reading this post and return to your favorite writing place, sit down, and write. Rather than quitting your current writing project, take a day to do something else. Write a social media post, comment on someone else's post with an encouraging reminder, or write your long-distance friend or family member a letter and put it in the mail. Just don't quit. The world needs to hear what you have to say.
Alycia served as the Conference Assistant for the Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers Conference for twelve years.
A southern mama who understands the complexities of faith, loss, blended families, foster and adoptive relationships, and story, Alycia is passionate about walking beside women in their journeys.
She is currently working on two of her own novels, a YA and a romantic suspense.
When not writing, editing, or reading, Alycia enjoys spending time with her husband and their mostly-grown children taking hikes in the Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains. She also loves creating various crafts and watching crime shows, This Is Us, and Twilight.