The just is secure under the protection of God
1 The praise of a canticle for David.
He that dwelleth in the aid of the Most High, shall abide under the protection of the God of Heaven.
2 He shall say to the Lord: thou art my protector and my refuge: my God, in him will I trust.
3 For he hath delivered me from the snare of the hunters: and from the sharp word.
4 He will overshadow thee with his shoulders: and under his wings thou shalt trust.
5 His truth shall compass thee with a shield: thou shalt not be afraid of the terror of the night.
6 Of the arrow that flieth in the day, of the business that walketh about in the dark: of invasion, or of the noon-day devil.
7 A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it shall not come nigh to thee.
8 But thou shalt consider with thy eyes: and shalt see the reward of the wicked.
9 Because thou, O Lord, art my hope: thou hast made the Most High thy refuge.
10 There shall no evil come to thee: nor shall the scourge come near thy dwelling.
11 For he hath given his angels charge over thee: tho keep thee in all thy ways.
12 In their hands they shall bear thee up: lest thou dash thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt walk upon the asp and the basilisk: and thou shalt trample under foot the lion and the dragon.
14 Because he hath hoped in me, I will deliver him: I will protect him, because he hath known my name.
15 He shall cry to me, and I will hear him: I am with him in tribulation, I will deliver him, and I will glorify him.
16 I will fill him with length of days; and I will shew him my salvation.
Okay, now it’s time for some specific inspiration and encouragement.
Remember, as a writer, you are writing first and foremost for yourself.
Yes, you may have to write reports and papers and proposals for school, college, your boss, etc. But your creative writing, the stories in your head that you put down on paper (or the computer) are first and foremost for yourself.
Maybe you have a paracosm (detailed imaginary world) without much of a story, but lots of neat characters and places and isolated situations. Maybe your paracosm does have a plot. Maybe you don’t have a paracosm at all, but you do have a story. The point is, you have something, no matter how small or big it is, that you want to write about. Just do it!
Even if you know that someone else, anyone else, will tell you that it’s dumb, or stupid, or ridiculous, if you like the story in your head and you would like to read it, JUST DO IT! WRITE IT ALREADY!
Maybe it’s fanfiction. Maybe it’s about unicorns. Maybe it’s about a type or species of animal or alien that you made up in your head at some point. Whatever it is, start writing about it. Even if it doesn’t come out the way you hoped it would, with a voice or POV you don’t particularly like, it’ll be okay. Just keep working on it. Even if you take years to write it, keep going.
Remember, somewhere, there is someone who is going to love your story. Don’t share all of your writing with just anyone. Be careful. You are baring your heart to them. But if you think you can trust them, show them just a bit.
Now for some writing advice that I didn’t come up with, but find very helpful and encouraging:
“I think new writers are too worried that it has all been said before. Sure it has, but not by you.” - Asha Dornfest
“You fail only if you stop writing.” - Ray Bradbury
“Finish. The difference between being a writer and being a person of talent is the discipline it takes to apply the seat of your pants to the seat of your chair and finish. Don’t talk about doing it. Do it. Finish.” - E. L. Konigsburg
Someday you’re going to be someone’s favorite author.
“To write something you have to risk making a fool of yourself.” - Anne Rice
“The first draft is just you telling yourself the story.” - Terry Pratchett
To write a story, ask yourself three questions:
Who is my character?
What do they want most in the world?
How do I make it hard for them to get it?
Now answer them.
8 Rules For Writing Books
1. Write 50 words. That’s a paragraph.
2. Write 400 words. That’s a page.
3. Write 300 pages. That’s a manuscript.
4. Write every day. That’s a habit.
5. Edit and rewrite. That’s how you get better.
6. Spread your writing for people to comment. That’s called feedback.
7. Don’t worry about rejection or publication. That’s a writer.
8. When not writing, read. Read from writers better than you. Read and perceive.