Why I get no identity from writing

Why I get no identity from writing…

I mostly don’t think it would be good to be a sociopath (or a psychopath; I get them mixed up), but I do admire how they don’t care what people think. I usually care what people think.

But I am blessed to have stumbled completely dumbfounded into my full-time writing career. Here’s what happened:

  1. My 14-year-old son was writing on Fiverr.com. He was ghost blogging for an older lady about women aging. This was the strangest and funniest thing I had heard of in a long time.
  1. Someone tried to hire him to write about Christian marriage. While he felt he knew a thing or two about women aging, as a 14-year-old boy, he didn’t want to tackle Christian marriage. “Dad, you should write it.”
  1. I, a full-time pastor and a married Christian guy, set up my profile on Fiverr.com in 2019. My son referred me, and I wrote the article.
  1. I got more jobs and had a fun hobby that paid a little (Very little. At one time I calculated I was making $2 per hour. But I was thrilled to have a hobby that paid.)
  1. I got extremely busy ghostwriting books and articles. I raised my prices.
  1. I raised them again. And again. And again.
  1. I got busy and raised them again. I was charging 3 cents a word at first and eventually ended up at .65 per word.
  1. I started www.ChristianGhostwriting.com LLC and began getting most of my clients from Google search, referrals, and repeat business.
  1. I began telling clients I would not purely ghostwrite. Rather, I am a co-writer and must be credited somewhere—cover, acknowledgments, anywhere—you just have to say you had a writing partner, though you own the copyright and royalties.
  1. I wrote 100 books before I ever wrote my own (From Heart to Page). Ghostwriting has been a wonderful way to get a ton of reps.
  1. I started my practice as a writing coach (www.ChristianWritingCoach.net) last year, and it’s been a blast. I have fallen madly in love with my clients who learn and work in small cohorts together. I didn’t know how much it would feel like church.

By 2022, Cheri and I felt called to move back to her hometown and plant a new church (www.Godspeed-Church.com). I was making more as a writer than I was as a pastor, so we were able to afford this with no fundraising.

Today, I still forget to think of myself as a writer. I guess I am, but it is a tremendous blessing to me that writing happened to me without any planning. People were paying me, so I wrote.

The Benefits:

I don’t care what people think of my writing except that I want my clients to be pleased.

I don’t get upset at criticism; I enjoy it, because I enjoy growing, and feedback is crucial.

I can write purely from a value-for-value standpoint for clients and you all. I do get to express myself here, but it only matters to me if you find it helpful and worth reading. If you didn’t, I’d probably stop.

“Identity in Christ”

You may notice the use of the word “I” in this post. Who is that? I am… a little image bearer of I AM, and I am one who is in Christ.

Identity in Christ—-the phrase is almost cliche in the Christian world. We aren’t supposed to get our identity from any role. Our identity comes from Christ and from being image bearers of the Creator. What a wonderful gift.

I remember what it felt like before I became a Christian to get identity from what I did. When I was an opera singer (a thousand years ago), a bad review would crush me into the pavement. An okay review would crush me. To feel I performed poorly would crush me. And I often performed poorly out of fear of what people thought.

If that is what writing is to you, I am praying for you right now as I type.

You ARE…. a person who writes as long as you do write. Call yourself a writer, but don’t take that identity seriously.

Express truth and trust God for the outcome.

The outcome of the truth lived and expressed is always the right outcome.

I Need a Favor

If you have read my book, From Heart to Page: A Short Book on Writing Your Christian Book, first of all, thank you. Secondly, it would help me tremendously if you’d leave an honest review on Amazon. If you hate it, say so. If it was just okay, say so. If you loved it, say so.

If you have not read it, and want it, email me at Jeff@ChristianGhostwriting.com and I’ll give it to you. FOR FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!

Also… I Need Another Favor

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