“Writing, at its best, is a lonely life.” ~Ernest Hemmingway
This time last year, I packed my bags and headed to North Carolina to attend She Speaks, a writing conference hosted by Lysa TerKuerst and Proverbs 31. I left feeling as if I spent three days at a writing revival. (Read my recap here.)
I’m staying home this year. And blogging in the summer can be like a hike in the desert—lonely, dry, and exhausting. Since I am not attending She Speaks, I spent some time looking for some online encouragement; an oasis, if you will. I am thirsty for cool, refreshing words to revive me and keep me going. Come to the water’s edge with me and drink deep.
A Prayer for Bloggers, Ann VosKamp
“Yawhew, you alone are my God, not Google
Jesus, you alone are my Savior, not sitemeters
And Holy Spirit, you alone are my Comforter, not comments”
To Servants of Jesus in Your 30s and 40s, Beth Moore
“It’s all about whether or not you’ll quit. Or whether or not you’ll get sloppy. Whether or not you’ll hang onto the first things that so drove you in the beginning. Jesus. The Scriptures. Holy passion. Holiness. And not just hang onto them but press further and further and further into them. Or will you slip into the black hole of busy-ness and business, of name-making, marketing, position, notoriety, self-importance, celebrity and Instacrap?”
On Becoming a Writer, Jen Hatmaker
“Do not become immobilized by good writing already out there. Stop that this instant. Literature is not an exercise in scarcity. The world always needs good writing. There is room for you. Don’t be intimidated by successful writers; be inspired by them. Every good writer wrote his or her first piece at one point. Do your time; there is space for you at the party.”
Every Book Starts with a Sentence, Lysa TerKeurst
“These sentences, they matter. After all, it’s not often whole books but rather sentences tucked within chapters that change people’s lives.”
The World Needs More Artists, Jeff Goins
“Somehow, God takes notice of this and rewards you in his own, unexpected way. Eventually. Your job is to do the work, not expect the reward. And as you apply your passion, it turns into conviction, maybe even compulsion.”
Why Your Words Matter, Lisa-Jo Baker
“Your words are sacred. I don’t take them lightly. I see you sculpt your story into being with the abc’s of your life. Your value transcends how many read, comment or like what you write. Your words live beyond the reader. Your words live because you spoke them into being.”
The Search for a New Calling, Crystal Stine
“Some of the lies I was telling myself and believing about myself I didn’t even recognize until I typed them out or spoke them out loud and someone else pointed them out to me. My self-criticism and feelings of doubt had started to sound so believable in my own head that I’d turned moments of learning into lies.”
And a little encouragement from me:
“You probably hear that little whisper, too. It starts when you get that first spark of inspiration. When you sit down to write, it tells you that what you want to say has already been said. Someone has said it better, gone viral, gotten to all the people already.At that moment, remember there are FOUR gospels.”
Writers, most of our days are less about viral posts and more about showing up at the keyboard every day. I’m right there with you, clicking out my story one word at a time, one post at a time. You keep showing up, and I will, too. In the spirit of the She Speaks sisterhood, why don’t you share your most recent blog post in the comments? I’d love to stop by and read what you’re writing.
And while we can’t all go to She Speaks this year, we can tune into Lysa TerKuerst’s keynote address together. It will broadcast live Friday, July 22 at 8:30 p.m. (EST) on the First5 app. Click here for more details.