Take off? Why can’t I get my writing to take off?
You want your writing to take off and go somewhere. But right now you’re going nowhere. You’re in a spin. You took off sometime back. You had your engines gunned. Perhaps you lost your way. Lost your
motivation, interest, perseverance. You’re stalled. The book seems too big a project. Obstacles have dragged you down. You’re weighted down with all sorts of things yelling for your attention. It all looks hopeless. You’re afraid you’re going to crash and burn.
“How’s your book,” they ask.
“Don’t ask,” you reply.
Welcome Aboard, Prepare for Take Off
This former flight attendant, second career writer is going to take you through the preflight checklist. You wanna fly? So did I.
I had been meandering all over the place writing my novel. I kept getting grounded. I put everything before the novel. I’d pick it up now and then and have to reacquaint myself with the story.
I was stalled over and over, weighed down by discouragement and dragged down by my inability to get on with it. Deadlines came and went.
What finally revved up my engines and gave me the power and thrust to take off?
I will be sharing the 8 steps I took to power my take off.
United Airlines Flight Attendant, Nan Rinella
“Writer, you have been cleared for take off.”
An airplane has to take off in order to fly
The purpose of an aircraft is to fly. Not sit around on the ground.
The purpose of a writer is to write. Not sit around and dream of writing.
“Are you called to write? If the answer is yes, then you need to write the book as an act of obedience.”The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
“I believe you and I were created for a reason that transcends the accomplishment of any goal. There is a purpose for our lives far grander and more significant than perhaps we might ever have considered.” Even Eagles Need a Push, David McNally
A writer has to take off to write
How do you take off?
Same way a plane does—get off the ground
One foot in front of the other toward the destination
“If dreams are the destination, goals are the GPS that get you there.” The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
“Having a simple, clearly defined goal can capture the imagination and inspire passion. It can cut through the fog like a beacon in the night.” 212 The Extra Degree, Sam Parker & Mac Anderson
How does an aircraft take off?
Aerodynamics— the way air moves around things—explain how an airplane flies. It needs lift to push it in the opposite direction from gravity, more lift than weight. The weight of an object controls how strong the push has to be.
The shape of a plane’s wings is what makes it able to fly—air flowing over the top faster than under the bottom giving it lift to get it airborne. It gets its thrust—moving it forward—from jet engines
Drag is a force that tries to slow something down. It makes it hard for an object to move. The shape of an object also changes the amount of drag. Most round surfaces have less drag than flat ones. Narrow surfaces usually have less drag than wide ones. The more air that hits a surface, the more drag it makes.
How does a writer take off?
Plane is designed to fly
Writer is designed by God to write
“Nothing honors God more than a dream that is way beyond our ability to accomplish. The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
Plane needs a reason to fly. Get from one place to another.
Writer needs a reason to write. Get from start to finish of a book.
“Potential s God’s gift to us; what we do with it is our gift back to God.” The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
“When God gives a vision, He makes provision.” The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
Plane needs someone to direct it. A pilot.
Writer needs direction. The Holy Spirit.
Invite the Holy Spirit onboard
1 Corinthians 2:9-13: “‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. … We have received … the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God.”
Zechariah 4:6: “‘Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord of hosts.”
Plane needs instruments.
Writer needs tools.
God doesn’t call the qualified; God qualifies the called.” The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
Plane needs engines to give it thrust.
Writer needs motivation to give her/him drive.
“If God knows no limits, then neither should our prayers.” The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
Plane needs thrust to give it lift.
Writer needs encouragement to lift her/him off.
You need to partner with someone.
“Don’t brainstormlpraystorm. The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
Plane needs power to overcome its weight.
Writer needs power to overcome obstacles.
“The circumstances of our lives have as much power as we choose to give them.” The Push, David McNally
The power comes from Prayer
“I don’t just write books; I circle them in prayer. To me, writing is praying with a keyboard. I also recruited a team of circle makers to pray for me while I wrote the book. The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
“The more you pray the more holy surprises will happen.” The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
Drag slows a plane down.
Resistance slows a writer down.
“Even when it seems like your dream is dead and buried, it’s too soon to put a period there. . . Second-degree faith is resurrection faith. It’s a faith that refuses to put periods at the end of disappointments.” The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
You’re a writer. God designed you to write.
“When a project is worthy and there is strong commitment to its completion, a phenomenon comes into play know as ‘a meaningful coincidence.’ It functions as encouragement to persist and not give up.” Even Eagles Need a Push, David McNally
Is your goal to take off with your writing?
“Goals are the cause and effect of praying hard.“Goals give you a prayer target.
“Goals are dreams with deadlines. And these deadlines, especially if your personality is anything like mine, are really lifelines. Without a deadline, I would never accomplish anything because I’m both a procrastinator and a perfectionist. And that’s why so many dreams go unaccomplished. If you don’t give your dream a deadline, it will be dead before you know it. Deadline keep dreams alive. Deadlines bring dreams back to life.”
“I think of my god-sized goals at Big Hairy Audacious Prayers (BHAPs). They force me to work like it depends on me and pray like it depends on God.” The Circle Maker, Mark Batterson
Let’s Soar with the Eagles
Coming: The 8 Steps to Power Your Take Off