Have you ever wondered what it be like to take the passion you have for writing and transform it into a career?
When we’re called to write, we sometimes think our writing is less-than if we don’t do it for free. Or we may be interested in a writing career, but we aren’t sure how God fits in. We’re afraid writing outside the faith-based lines will compete with our purpose.
Scripture tells us the Apostle Paul paid for his own food, housing, and writing materials—which weren’t cheap. Paul’s tentmaking skills allowed him to enjoy preaching without depending on the church financially. Working to support a purpose is not a new idea. What is new is our ability to earn money using the same skill we use to fulfill our purpose.
This past June marked seven years since my transition from corporate executive to full-time writer. I’m not a best-selling author, but my writing provides a solid income. God has shown me that I don’t need to feel conflicted about writing to generate income because my identity in Him doesn’t change, whether I’m writing textbooks for pay or writing about Jesus for free. As with any other job, our identity as Christians has to inform our decisions and set our priorities.
The writing we do outside our calling equips us to flourish in the writing we do inside our calling, and here’s how:
- Every hour you spend writing counts. You’re constantly sharpening the writing skills you have and adding new skills along the way.
- Writing across industries increases your depth and adaptability as writer.
- A lot of writing jobs involve working with publishers. This experience transfers over and helps you better understand how the Christian publishing world works.
- You’ll be able to confidently cite your professional writing experience when you submit book proposals or query letters for articles in pursuit of your calling.
- Writing that generates income supports your freedom to create Christ-centered, unpaid content that you’re passionate about.
If you’ve thought about writing as a career but have felt conflicted or unsure, I want to encourage you! It’s doable, and it won’t compromise your writing for God’s Kingdom—it will strengthen it. I love to help women pursue their calling and careers, so feel free to drop any questions you have in the comments. I’d be happy to help.