You Are a Writer

Many writers struggle with the very title of “writer.” We tend to dismiss the thought that we are worthy of that title, let alone use it. If YOU have trouble calling yourself a writer, this is a must-read. Friends, it’s time to embrace our title of writers. Find out how ...

Every time my husband goes up for a flying lesson, he comes down with a new perspective on life. Flying above the cornfields and cow pastures helps him see a bigger, more beautiful picture. 

After moving from our beloved mountains of Colorado to the plains of Oklahoma recently, we’ve learned to see beauty in things we once deemed not enough. Our daily mantra is: “It’s beautiful but different.” In fact, when anyone asks how we’re enjoying our new location, we say, “We love it; it’s beautiful.” 

The truth is: If you say something often enough, you begin to believe it. 

Have you ever felt like you needed permission to call yourself a writer? Maybe you compare yourself to traditionally published friends. Perhaps writing for your church’s newsletter feels more like a task than ministry. Or because you’ve never shared the poems in your journal with anyone, you don’t consider yourself a writer. 

New and seasoned writers alike have a hard time declaring themselves as writers. We get tongue-tied and stumble over our words when asked, “What do you do?” For some reason, we can’t see ourselves as God does. Often, our limited perspective leaves us lacking a proper response. We let others’ opinions, or a lack of confidence, get in the way of saying, “I am a writer.”

Yet if we look from a heavenly perspective — the way God sees — we will begin to see more clearly. And when we do, our answer to that once-intimidating question will become a bold response. 

Last time David flew, he said, “You see things up there you just can’t see unless you have a license to fly.” 

You are the pilot of your dreams. 

Friend, you have a license to fly — to soar above comparison and feelings of inadequacy. God calls you a writer, and you have permission to take off with it! Your words transport readers to a world they’ve never known. You help people see things from a new perspective. Your writing brings change, tells stories and invokes deep emotion. Most importantly, your words draw people closer to their Creator. 

You are a writer. How you see yourself matters. 

Letting go of our limited perspective helps us hang onto God’s unlimited belief in us.

Inevitably, people are going to keep asking what you do. Affirming your calling to write takes courage. 

Much like our new mantra, repeating this reply will help you regard yourself as a writer. Once God’s vision is verified in your own heart, your confidence in your calling as a writer will be too. 

Over time, you’ll begin to believe in yourself and boldly respond, “I am a writer.”

Living in victory,

Amy Elaine Martinez

Go ahead. Practice your reply. Get ready for the next time someone asks you what you do. 

Say it out loud. Three times. Right now. I dare you. 

I am a writer.

I am a writer.

I am a writer.


As you step out in faith as a writer, your story could lead someone to Jesus today! We created “A Guide to Sharing the Gospel: How To Tell Your Story When You Feel Uncertain, Unprepared or Uncomfortable” to help you write your testimony in a way that impacts those who read it. Download your guide here today!


Amy Elaine Martinez is devoted to helping heart-shattered lives become whole again in Christ. She's a self-proclaimed Grace Slinger and a Victory Girl at heart, who loves leading women to experience freedom and breakthrough through an intimate relationship with Jesus. She's an Okie who loves fried okra and exploring the plains off historic Route 66 where she lives in a tiny barn with the love of her life, David, and an Aussie named Maverick, who stole her heart after their boys left to adventure out on their own. Amy Elaine prefers cowboy boots and flip flops if she's wearing shoes at all. She's a Bible teacher, former radio host, and Word junkie who loves Jesus wildly. Amy Elaine's blog, “A Broken Girl Made Whole,” inspires women to walk in wholeness and live in victory through the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. Amy Elaine’s desire is to see women walk in wholeness and develop an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Living the victorious life is one of the major themes of her ministry.

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  1. I am a writer.
    I am a writer.
    I am a writer.
    Thank you for this beautiful, encouraging lesson.
    One thing that resonated with me was when you said, “You help people see things from a new perspective.” Your writing brings change, tells stories, and invokes deep emotion.” This is where the Lord leads me as I write; in the end, they are His words. Amen.
    May God bless you, Amy.

  2. Elizabeth Brock: March 11, 2023 at 10:52 pm

    I am a writer, I am a writer, I am a writer. Last week in church, my Pastor was speaking about how God is enough, He is more than enough. He got excited, saying: “Amen! Someone needs to write a song about that. Where are the writers in here?!” Without thinking, I said, “I will do it.” Later after the service I went up to him and told him that “I am a writer. I will write that song.” This will be the first thing I have written that other people will see and hear.
    Thank you for reminding me that I am a writer.

  3. Your Okie comment caught my eye – that was a God wink, along with you leaving Colorado. My grandson is moving to from Oklahoma to Colorado in a few months. I have been completing an outline to begin my first attempt at writing – so I really needed to hear your story today. thank you, I am a writer.

    • Anita-
      You are a writer, indeed! Thanks for reading and commenting today! And, thanks for sharing part of your story too. You’ve got an outline and you’re in the perfect place to turn it into something beautiful! Compel has so many great resources!

  4. Erin Pattillo: March 7, 2023 at 11:32 am

    Love it! Completely agree. Don’t be afraid to claim you’re an Okie either. 😉 Thank you for the encouragement!

  5. I am a writer! Thank you for this little boost of confidence. It’s wonderful to hear voices louder than the enemy’s when it comes to referring to ourselves to others.