The ACFW online course loop this month is titled "Too shy to pitch and promote". Terry Burns is leading it as a question and answer type of course, and I'm finding it very helpful.
Currently, we are discussing "getting into character". Ie. Engaging the part of our persona that reveals confidence and allows us to coherently talk to strangers in an intelligent, positive manner while preventing our shyness from stealing those opportunities to pitch and promote the work God has led us to create.
Some have suggested that the base to harnessing that confidence is in how we perceive ourselves when it comes to writing.
Do we think of ourselves as a writer wannabe, aspiring writer, writer-in-training? What title do we honestly deserve?
I admit, I've been underestimating myself for some time. I'm on my fourth short contemporary novel, and yet I still refer to myself as a wannabe, or aspiring, or an in-training writer. But no more.
I've spent the better part of the last six years of my life studying writing, and physically and mentally fitting words and scenes together to craft faithful romances worth pondering. I have been writing!
I may not be a published writer of full-length fiction yet, but I am a writer. None of what I've accomplished so far could be possible without God, I know, but I can humbly and honestly say that through Him, I have become a real writer. I can't stop dreaming up stories. And I can't stop contemplating the best way to present those stories on the page.
Writing is a major part of me, and I am a part of my writing, therefore I am a writer.
"Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that." Galatians 6:4
I'm so glad I got that figured out.
Now, it's your turn. Are you, plain and simple (though perhaps enormously challenged at times like me), a writer?
Surrendering to Him,