Conviction is the First Step

Who has any conviction anymore? In a world of constant information, it is easy to feel like everything we consume is tepid and entertaining. I don’t believe that there is no conviction, but it sometimes gets drowned out. Sometimes it is a question of where do start, or are my convictions even right? Where cancel culture seems prominent and peoples views are so divided, it can be scary to speak your mind.

It would seem foolish to say that you don’t have to worry about what you say. Whether I agree with it or not, I personally don’t have the power to cancel, “Cancel Culture“. You are responsible for what you say or think. In the world of social media, you will be judged for it too by the court of public opinion. What I would encourage though is to notice what people cancel, and why they are cancelling it. Is it valid, do you understand why it is happening? Often times these cancelations are towards people that hold hateful beliefs or thoughtlessly say things that tear others down.

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What Do You Believe?

The most important contribution a writer can make is to share their convictions. What you believe is a part of who you are. Not everyone will accept that, something I have learned all to well coming out of the closet with my Christian background. You have to remember though that those convictions will change over time, so be intentional and be humble in your approach. Conviction speaks empathy to truth. They show what your experience has revealed about a reality in your life.

Art, writing, music, or any other type of social influence that moves a person on an emotional level must have a purpose. Writing creatively just to share your imagination is fun for sure, but if there’s no deeper truth behind it, it washes away with the tide of new content. Write about what you care about. When I first began writing, I wrote about my Christian convictions, I wrote about my conflict with my dad, and my fear of losing friends. Each of these experiences have drastically changed, but the lessons from them are still relevant.

Conviction Into Action

The most powerful tool a writer has is their ability to creatively adapt their convictions into something a reader can directly relate and empathize with. It can be scary to be vulnerable. Especially now in a day and age where what you say or do can be cause for so much hate. My goal is not to discredit all the detractors. They far too often discredit themselves as they forget that instinctual truth inside all of us. We are all imperfect. Whether you believe in a god or not, you are acutely aware of your mistakes. The inability to grow or accept growth in others only hurts yourself.

Be bold in your writing, but be humble to listen. Writing requires tremendous learning. As you continue your writing journey, your convictions will grow with you. You will hear other stories, from other perspectives and your view will widen. As your convictions change, your actions and your words will change. Your actions and your words can do wonders for the world when it comes from an authentic place.

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Conclusion

Write from your experience and your truth. Even the most out of touch person has a story that reveals their flaws and their strengths. I personally think of the writers I have read who I share no opinions with. Their stories provide a context to a world I don’t share with them. I have experienced hate from friends and loved ones for being gay, but my experience is my own and my views shape a world that makes sense to me. That to me is what makes story telling so powerful. It allows us a glimpse into a world we have not experienced, and provides us the choice to learn or reject ideas that fit into our own narrative.

Be a courageous writer, and a dangerous reader. Your view of the world will grow because of it, your convictions will deepen, and the wisdom of others will widen because you shared your truths.

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