Mary DeMuth on "The Importance of Writing the Truth." Mary talks about the fact that we create plastic characters because we are so afraid to be real to who we are that our characters end up resembling no human alive. So true! (I highly recommend Mary's audios, BTW).
It takes courage to be weak and to be out there on the page.
It also takes courage to face our weaknesses in our writing. We've all heard the "buzz" after contest results are published or someone gets a harsh critique. And if we're honest I think maybe most of us have been there. Believing that the critic is wrong, harsh, must have been having a bad day.
But what does God want to show us through this?
Maybe he wants to teach us humility. To demonstrate that HE is our strength.
Even though we always say we can't do it on our own, sometimes we step out in our flesh.
"But He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses so that the power of Christ may rest upon me." -2 Corinthians 12:9
When it comes to our writing (and our life for that matter) do we avoid looking in the mirror? Or are we like the man beholding his face in the glass who walks away forgetting our faults? (James 1:24-25)
I believe God wants us to be introspective to notice the faults in our writing and then be proactive.
Sometimes I struggle with staying in that place, only thinking about my weaknesses. It can paralyze my writing life.
There are no quick fixes for our writing faults, I believe God transforms our writing bit by bit.
We shouldn't overlook the practical things, I've been blessed by taking a writing class in an area of weakness (descriptive writing). ACFW and Mount Hermon Recordings have wonderful conference CDs available.
Ask questions of others. Maybe ask a critique partner to read a piece of yours with a particular weakness in mind and find all the areas where you struggle with this.
Just like life change, writing change can be humbling. In class I have weekly been asked to share my writing aloud. I am an introverted person writing in one of my weakest areas. So this has been stretching.
Sometimes I think we find it easier to be involved in the writing world online and there is so much on the web, but I think there is great value in meeting with local writers and building writing relationships where we can tell the truth.
How has God transformed your writing life?