Writer, Break Out of the Box

By Andrea Merrell

In one of my recent posts, we talked about a writer’s superpower. A God-given, natural ability. A talent. What you’re good at and what comes easy to you.

But after visiting with a number of writers at a recent conference and having some very interesting conversations, let’s talk about breaking out of the proverbial box—our tried and true comfort zone—and trying something new.

One lady was very excited because she was going to start doing her own podcasts, something she never thought she could or would do. Another was anxious to go home and start a critique group in her area. One very sharp fellow said he never thought he would be good at anything but articles but after attending a few classes and networking with some new friends, he announced he was ready to try his hand at fiction.

Let’s face it, trying new things can be a bit scary, but God is the Master Creator. He has placed creativity within each of us. When we set personal limitations on ourselves, we limit what God can do in and through us.

One writer says we need to step out and expose ourselves to new people, places, and ideas—especially those of us who are introverts. Isaiah 54:2-3 says, Enlarge the place of your tent, and let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings. Do not spare. Lengthen your cords, and strengthen your stakes. For you shall expand to the right and to the left (NKJV).

In other words, make room for growth. Don’t create unnecessary boundaries or underestimate yourself. When God calls us to do something—when He plants that seed in our heart—He equips us.

Do you have a dream? What is that one thing you’re itching to try? Do you need a spiritual kick in the pants? I’ve had a few of those over the years and trust me … the results are always worth the effort.

Go ahead. Break out of the box, and go for it. You’ll be glad you did.

Photo courtesy of Unsplash and Erda Estremera. 


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