By: Tia Love
I’ve been reading and re-reading this book As a Woman Thinketh, and aside from all of the knowledge and wisdom I gained for my personal growth, I found a few nuggets that applied to my professional life as well. Here’s a small excerpt from it:
“Composer, sculptor, painter, poet, prophet, sage, these are the makers of the after-world, the architects of heaven. The world is beautiful because they have lived; without them laboring humanity would perish.”
Although the book did not explicitly state that writers are “architects of heaven” I believe it with every fiber of my being that we are. I said before that writers turn words into perspectives. We paint pictures just like artists do. Our pens take the insignificant and create feelings of hope, desire, happiness, and so much more. With a pen and some paper, we have the power to create entirely new realities that are nothing like our actual realities. We have the unique ability to provide different worlds for readers to escape to. Is that not a quality of an “architect of heaven?”
I said all that to say, take pride in what you do. Not everybody is gifted as such; act accordingly. If you haven’t experienced it yet, there will come a time where the words are all you have so be grateful. Words and writing are your friends as well as your profession. Use them to light the way on your path to success (whatever that may look like for you: published author, screenwriter, editor, etc). Use words and writing to breathe life and prosperity into other people as well.
Again, take pride in what you do. I know it can be comforting to shrink away from greatness (i.e. being an awesome writer) especially if you aren’t sure how to harvest your talent, but that’s no reason to give into failure. Turn your back on that option altogether.
I’ll give you a personal example. I have spoken with a publisher about publishing a novel I’ve been working on for years. As good of a writer as I think I am, my mentality completely shifted when she got serious and asked me to share my first fifty pages with her. I began to shrink away from my own greatness. I had to take a step back and remind myself that writing is an art, and art is for the people. How am I to know that my novel won’t inspire another young person to turn their words into a profession, the way so many of my favorites have inspired me? Who are you to stop your greatness from spreading to the eyes, hands, and hearts of another?
Take pride in what you do, and do it.