Jenny Knipfer–Author

Historical fiction author, Jenny Knipfer, shares her books, inspiration, thoughts on life and writing, and book reviews. Purchase Jenny's books, read her blog, or listen to encouraging podcasts, highlighting the life of a writer.

Recently I’ve bought several books on writing, I’ve weathered through some critiques, and I’ve pressed forward into desiring to be a more talented writer. It’s not easy and discouragement is often right around the corner waiting to steal my drive and momentum.

I was reminded these last few weeks that we should always be open to learning more about what we do, whatever that is. There is always room to grow in our craft and to glean from practice and others. It is a temptation to say that . . . “I’ve go it. I’m good. I don’t need help or feedback.”

The truth is no matter our skill level, there is always more to learn. I want to be the first one to recognize pride or vanity in my own life. Those mindsets are crippling. Pride trips us up and narrows our vision making us think life is all about what we can do. Vanity is a self-centered task master that blocks the beauty of other’s gifts and talents by the false monument we erect to ourselves.

I want to be the kind of person that has open arms, that doesn’t shut out the possibility of growth by my own shortsightedness. May I stay humble with a limber mind to accept that I still have a lot to learn.

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