Monday, August 29, 2011

Why My Writing Stinks (Sometimes), Part 1

Why is my writing often trite, deflated, and weak? 

Fear is the short answer.

Liam Clancy was one of the great Irish balladeers and a key figure in the folk renaissance of the early 1960s. Naturally he ran across 20-year-old Bob Dylan who was starting to get noticed in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village.

In the superb Martin Scorsese documentary,No Direction Home, Dylan recalls Clancy giving him some advice (fueled by more than a few pints of Guinness). "Remember Bobby," Clancy said, "No fear, no envy, no meanness." (read the rest here: No fear, No envy, No meanness)

No fear. That's the hard one for me. Sometimes I overthink things. I hesitate to say the words that are true to me. The fear of offending makes me try too hard to please. By trying to please men instead of God, my words are empty, or simply left unsaid.

I hold in the words, words of healing, of love, of encouragement, afraid my words will be rejected or misunderstood.

God says repeatedly throughout the Bible to not fear, he is with us.

God is our refuge and strength,
   a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
   though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
   though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Psalm 46:1-3

Let us trust in God and write without fear.


  1. This seems to be a topic high on the Lord's list for me to deal with lately: fighting fear and trusting Him. Thanks for the encouragement to be bold in the way HE wants me to be. Blessings.

  2. You have blessed me by stopping by today! Thanks so much, Elaine.


Thanks for sharing your thoughts.