Encouragement Writing Business

Make Reasonable Resolutions

Kathy Collard Miller
Kathy Collard Miller

Hello from Kathy Collard Miller, writing from the beautiful desert near Palm Springs, California.

It’s the New Year and I’m going to have to remember to write down 2017. And along with a new year often come the traditional resolutions. I’d like to encourage you to think a little differently about those. For instance, have you ever said things like:

  • I’ll never get angry again. 
  • I’ll always show love toward that person who is unlovable. 
  • I’ll never be discontent again. 
  • I’ll always be joyful in every circumstance. 
  • I’ll have my devotions every day?

It’s easy to think that such determination will bring us success. We may think that God demands such commitments. But have you noticed that when we can’t follow through, we get discouraged and give up? Even thinking God has given up on us also?

Inspiration for Writers

Who Me? A Perfectionist?

Kathy Collard Miller
Kathy Collard Miller

Hello from Kathy Collard Miller in the desert of Southern California

If I were to ask you whether you’re a perfectionist, you’d most likely say “no.” The explanation for saying that? “Well, I don’t get anything perfect! After all, perfectionists reach perfection.”

Would you be shocked if I told you that’s not accurate? Not only is it not accurate but I would almost predict that some perfectionist tendencies are blocking your efficiency and joy in your writing.  Because one definition of a perfectionist is: “A person who takes great pains and passes them on to others.”

Want to know if you have some of those “great pains” or are giving them to others?

Take this perfectionism quiz by keeping track of how many of these statements you relate to:

Inspiration for Writers

Only Believe!

"AuthorBelief is essential to writing success. Not just any belief, but belief in what God says about us. Far too many Christian writers believe what the world says about them instead of what God says about them.

Here are a few wrong beliefs that I have heard in my work as a writing coach .

1) It takes luck to succeed as a writer. I dislike the word luck. It implies chance and happenstance. To believe that luck is essential to writing success is to believe a lie. What the world calls “luck” is really hard work and perseverance.

2) Only big names make it. Another lie. All big names were once little names or no names. Succeeding as a writer depends ultimately not on one’s name but on one’s writing. Learn all you can about writing, then create a product that wows the public.

3) Success destroys writers.  It’s not success that is the problem. It’s a writer’s attitude toward his success. The humble writer will understand that his success is meant to glorify God.

Now here are a few right beliefs about writing:

1) My writing is all about Jesus and not at all about me. We writers are instruments in God’s hand for the building of His Kingdom. Once we get this straight, we will have established the right foundation for our writing.

2) Excellence is not the same as perfectionism. When we strive to be perfect, we can ruin our writing. Like the painter who paints one brush stroke too many and destroys her painting’s freshness and spontaneity, so is the writer who wants her work to be perfect. Strive for excellence, not perfection. "Believe"

3) Holy Spirit is guiding me as I write. This truth has been a great comfort to me in my own writing. When we trust that Holy Spirit is guiding our pens, we can rest that He will accomplish His purposes through our writing.

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