“I’m no Ann Voskamp.”
The words spilled off my tongue last week as I was trying to explain my writing style to a company who wanted to possibly have me do some projects with them.
After I got off the phone, I realized what a big deal it was that I said those words. And, more importantly, that I said them with courage and confidence.
You see, for years, I wanted to be able to write poetically, beautifully, and poignantly. I wanted to be a wordsmith and an artist as a writer.
I’d read books by these writers. I’d study their writing style. I’d convince myself that I could write like that. And then I’d try… and the final result would come up short.
But I kept trying, because I thought that a writer had to write in beautiful phrases and word pictures. Otherwise, you weren’t a writer; you were a wannabe.
Slowly, ever so slowly, these past few years, I’ve stopped trying to be who I thought I was “supposed” to be and started embracing who God has made me to be. I stopped wishing I had her gifts or her talents, and started owning the gifts and talents God had given me.
And you know what? There’s been immense freedom and fulfillment in that.
I won’t ever be as poetic as Ann or as picturesque as Angie or as deep as Brene, and that’s 100% okay. My gift is to take big-picture concepts and break them down into bite-sized pieces. My writing style is practical and actionable. My voice is conversational.
That’s who God has created me to be as a writer… and I’m completely content with it.
Yes, I want to grow as a writer. Yes, I want to improve. Yes, I hope that I continue to stretch and challenge myself so I don’t stay in the safe zone as a writer.
But I’ve stopped wishing I were someone else and started owning my own voice. Because it’s the one I’ve been given.
I’m no longer a wannabe. I’m a writer.
Will you join me in this journey of seeking to embrace who God has called us to be? You are the best version of YOU. Believe it, own it, and live it!