Every so often I doubt my ability to write well and my ability to write something that matters. I don’t know if the doubt ever goes away completely but the words of a fellow writer helped me find a way to push through it.
A friend gave me a book called Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver. In the last chapter, Weaver shares the doubts she had about writing the book. She questioned if she was qualified to write it.
The words of a fellow writer told her she was with some advice that went something like this: “Above all, the narrator must be a struggler. We need to see the person grow through the story. We need to see them change.”
These words resonated with me and showed me why I’m writing my book: beach mission changed me and I want to write about how it changed me.
When I have moments of writer’s doubt and wonder – Will this book even mean anything? Will it be any good? Should I write it? – I remember to keep writing because I’m a struggler who has been changed and this book matters to me.
The writer’s advice guides everything I write. I’m a struggler who has been changed, is being changed, and will be changed and records the journey through the written word.