Do you enjoy the act of writing? Do you love to write? Let’s find out if you really love sitting down and putting words on paper.
Answer these 12 questions honestly:
When you have writer’s block or when your writing isn’t going well are you patient?
Are you kind to yourself when your writing doesn’t go well, or do you have negative thoughts about your ability?
Have you ever been jealous of an author’s success?
Do you brag about your work?
Do you/would you celebrate publication with an attitude of pride, or with humility?
Do you get upset and respond rudely when someone interrupts your writing time?
Have you neglected responsibilities to family or others by being selfish with your writing time?
Do you count the number of times your submissions have been rejected?
What is your attitude toward rejection?
How do you accept constructive criticism?
Are you patient waiting to be published? Trusting and always hopeful?
Do you feel like giving up?
In his letter to the church in Corinth, the apostle Paul provides this beautiful definition of love:
Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous, it does not brag, and it is not proud. Love is not rude, is not selfish, and does not get upset with others. Love does not count up wrongs that have been done. Love takes no pleasure in evil but rejoices over the truth. Love patiently accepts all things. It always trusts, always hopes, and always endures.
—1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NCV
Apply his definition to your answers; then ask yourself:
How can you put more love into your writing?
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