As a writer, I’ve been floundering for a few years. I didn’t know it but I was looking for a tribe.
I was wandering and then realized what I needed…
People who were like-minded and crazy enough to sit down at our computers for long hours writing, in hopes it will influence others.
If I am going to be a serious writer since publishing my first book, I knew I needed a writer tribe. I searched and scoured to find a group that I could identify with. A group whose heart beat the same as mine, crafting words into meaningful sentences, hoping to make a difference. I prayed and waited.
Like clothes in a department store dressing room, I tried a myriad of different tribes to see if they were a good fit.
I tried to force myself with a few and it didn’t work. It was like putting a square peg into a round hole, or squeezing my body into a size that didn’t fit.
They were lovely groups, but weren’t my peeps. I kept looking and asking my writer friends. Mostly, I prayed and asked God to help me find my tribe, one I could feel camaraderie and affinity. I nearly gave up when last year one of my author friends suggested I try her tribe.
I took the plunge and signed up. I even decided to attend the first conference of this newly found tribe and went with no expectations other than just to connect and learn.
I discovered other writers just like me.
Writers confident in our gifts and yet at times insecure.
Broken but not defeated.
Struggling and yet persevering.
Desiring and yet God honoring, Jesus loving writers!
It was like being away from home a long time and finding all the best reasons why you love to come back. It was a belonging moment.
Whatever gift you and I might have, we need a tribe.
Why? Here are five simple reasons using the word TRIBE of why I believe everyone needs a tribe whether your gift is writing, music, leading, crafting, teaching or?
We need a group of people that we can trust with our gift and who experiences it the same way we do. Writers in particular can be quirky because we usually are alone crafting our words, it isn’t a team gift. It is very personal and we need people we can trust along the way.
Everyone needs respect. Having a group of people who share the same gift garners a deeper respect for your own gift and motivates us to be the best we can because it isn’t just about us, there are others who share the same gift. When we neglect or tarnish our gift it impacts others and hurts the tribe.
Being around other like-minded similar gifted people is incredibly inspiring. It is motivating and pushes us to work harder and smarter.
It’s funny how when you discover your true tribe how at home you will feel. It becomes a safe place to grow and try out new ideas with people who understand how your gift works.
Everyone needs encouragement to keep going when the going get tough. Especially when our gifts are first being developed and later when we’ve experienced both success and failure and still want to give up! We need people to remind us to keep stewarding the gift. It is worth it and it is just that, a gift that has to keep going and growing to make the greatest impact possible.
I am incredibly proud to announce that my new tribe is the Advanced Writers and Speaker Association. They have become my tribe and I feel the simple trust, respect, inspire, belong and encourage has visited the writers home in my heart. I am learning leaps and rubbing shoulders with these incredible author friends and my hope is that I will rub off on them too! They accept me right where I am at, there is a no compete zone and man oh man can these women pray!! Like I said, this is home.
Where is your tribe? If you haven’t found yours, keep looking, keep praying, keep waiting. Somewhere out there is a place for you to belong and to grow that brilliant gift God has lavishly entrusted to you.