Are You a Real Writer?

Most successful musicians were born with a God-given knack for music, but they also studied for many years, practiced hour upon hour, and continue to practice and learn new techniques — even after they make it big.

Your talent for writing is no different. It may seem to come naturally, but that’s no excuse to not:

● study the craft

● hone your skills

● practice daily

The same is true for anyone who wants to perfect a talent. Who takes piano lessons, ballet lessons, or flight lessons and is then accused of having a silly little hobby? Or feels guilty about the time they spend trying to realize their dream? Those pursuits require years of training. Why should writing be any different?

You have every reason to take seriously your desire to write.

Deborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, and the Carol Award. She will teach both morning and afternoon sessions at the upcoming Writing for the Soul conference. Visit her at

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  1. says

    Thank you for your encouraging words. I’ve been writing and teaching bible studies for many years. I have a novel I’m working on and I’ve about given up many times. I feel like I’m wasting time but now I know its ok to learn and practice, Thanks so much!

  2. Betty Marschner says

    There is a tidal wave out there. Thee are many ideas to be published whether it be books, articles etc. How do I keep from drowning before my idea ever gets to a publisher? How do I know if it is God’s leading or just my idea needing an audience? When do I give up the dream or keep trying??
    I feel it is all such futility. Unless the story is dripping with drama it will never make print.
    I am enrolled in the Writer’s Guild and am impressed with the course. I hope to receive some direction as I move along.

  3. Denice Whitaker says

    thank you for this article.
    It is so important that we take ourselves seriously, as a writer. This is something that I sometimes struggle with. But this article was a good reminder for me that I need to take my craft seriously by practicing everyday, studying and honing my various skills. Sometimes I can be my own worst enemy with my self doubt and lack of confidence. But I can’t expect others to take me serious if I don’t myself!

  4. says

    Betty asks: How do I know if it is God’s leading or just my idea needing an audience? When do I give up the dream or keep trying?

    I’d like to answer your question with another question, Betty. What would you have to lose if you continued writing and dreaming and trying to get published? Psalm 37:4 says, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I don’t believe that means God will give you everything you want. But I do believe that if you are truly seeking God’s will, then the desires in your heart have likely been placed there by Him! His timing is not always as expedient as we might wish, but it certainly can’t do any harm to pursue those desires until we clearly hear Him say “No.” or “Not yet.” I’ve wanted to write since I was a child, but I knew God was leading me to put all my concentration into raising my children first (God knows I do NOT multi-task well!) After that, He gave me the clear go-ahead, and eventually, a contract. But first, I went through a time of intense learning and training as a writer. I hope that helps.

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