As a writer, especially a young writer, it can be very easy to get discouraged.
Back in November of last year, I had a writing session scheduled for Monday of that particular week and another writing session scheduled for Tuesday of that same week. This is something I rarely do, in fact, at that time I rarely wrote in what we call a ‘writer’s room’ at all. It was typically a very intimidating process for me and I usually preferred to write via e-mail with someone like my buddy, Matthew Holt, or in some other less formal way. However, I chose to challenge myself to write with more professional writers in town (Nashville, that is) and I booked not 1, but TWO writing sessions in the same week.
My Monday session … well… If I’m being honest … it went terribly. My co-writer for the day was a dear friend, but they just didn’t like anything at all that I was coming up with. It was a very discouraging experience for me and it was that much more obvious that this was something I wasn’t cut out for.
Later that night I was taking my wife, Lindsay, on a date and I began to tell her of my session that afternoon. I said, “I don’t think I can do this anymore, I can’t write. I’m just no good at it” – Being the sweet and supportive wife that she is, she simply said “Things will be better tomorrow.”
I was scheduled to write with two of the greatest lyricists in Nashville on that following day, Tony Wood and Sue Smith. I had written with Sue before, but never Tony. This was a dream come true for me, I was already nervous and I wanted to tell my wife; “You have NO idea how much more nervous I am after how today went.”
Well, I sat down in Franklin, TN with Tony and Sue and I sang them a chorus to a song I had started entitled “How You Hold Me” – My family was going through one of the darkest times we had ever faced and the song came from this particular time in my life. That song was written 8 months ago. 2 months ago, it was put on “hold” by Word Records for Natalie Grant. It was my first Contemporary Christian music ‘hold’ and I’m fairly certain God knew EXACTLY what He was doing. He wanted to encourage me. And He wants to encourage you. Young writers… Keep writing your songs and even if no one ever listens, never get so discouraged that you choose to put down your pen. After all, we’re writing about The Greatest “Writer” of all time and frankly, I think He’s more than worth it.
Thanks to Joseph for sharing today!