I had a rather witty reply to last week’s writing tip (about tapping into your readers’ fears) from a writer who admitted that her greatest fear was that nobody would read her stories!
Haha, I think we can all identify with that at some level – sometimes I wonder if anyone reads my blog posts! 🙂
However, quite aside from the humour, we all know that many a true word is spoken in jest . . . and honestly, from time to time we can all sit at our desk and wonder if all the time we have spent writing is really worth it. Perhaps we feel called by God to write, but it seems to be going nowhere. Does that resonate with you?
If so, I have a serious suggestion to make. Write for one child, or group of children. Start with a short story for a nephew or niece, a godchild, a child you know who is going through a tough time, or your Sunday School class. What encouragement do they need? Could you write a story for them?
We have a tendency to think that our writing is only valuable if it reaches hundreds, if not thousands of children. But as Christians writing for a reason, we know that every single child is precious. If we can reach just one child with the message of God’s love, all our writing hours will have been worth it. Suppose not only does that child respond to God’s love, but they go on to reach others with the good news . . .
There is no end to the potential of one excellent, relevant story. Your story may go further, of course, but even if it doesn’t, you will have done a great thing.
So quit feeling overwhelmed, stick a photo of the intended recipient/s above your desk, pray, and start. Or finish what you have already begun.
Who will you write for? Please let us know in the comments below (making a commitment in writing will help you stick to your decision, as well as encouraging me that someone reads my blog posts! :-)).