Tip #16 in the “Art of War for Writers” from James Scott Bell is: “Don’t let worry drag you down.”

 We’re in a section of Bell’s book where we’re talking about our attitudes. There is plenty of talk on skill development later on, but I think he’s right to spend a lot of time working on what’s between our ears before we talk about what’s on our computer screens.

Being a fruitful and holy Christian comes down largely to our attitudes. Paul tells us in Romans 6 to “consider ourselves dead to sin”. Colossians 3 tells us to “set our minds on things above”. In other words, check your attitudes and thoughts at the door.

And worry is a huge issue for most of us (I recall Jesus having a thing or two to say about it!)

Bell tells us that worry is just part of the deal. Even established writers are besieged with it. He quotes Harlan Coben who, though published, finds himself saying of new things he’s working on: “This is terrible! I used to be so good. When did I lose it?”

So take that energy we expend with worry and convert it straight into writing, is Bell’s suggestion. Because you as an aspiring artist are trying to climb a challenging ladder. For writers, that ladder has the following rungs: Wanna be / Learning / Finished novel / Multiple novels / Published / Multi-published / Breakout Hit.

So don’t worry…sing aloud with me…be happy. And keep at it. Make art.