Beth Moore once said: “You don’t have to say everything to say something.”
Dear Writers: How Discipline Moves You Forward When Inspiration Goes On Vacation
I sit and stare at my white blank spaces on my computer and type words that fly across the screen. Computers can hinder the writing process at times; especially when they don’t work. How do you move from computer to written journals? Store your thoughts in blank spaces?
We have tools to write. We have words that want to flourish. Sometimes writing is a discipline a chore where you trudge your way through it; like a mud puddle that mires your shoes and keeps you from walking quickly to your destination.
Writing can be like that for me. In fact, that has been my writing life this year. Other times, writing is like a flowing stream. The ideas come so quick and flood through your mind that you cannot record them in your blank spaces quickly enough.
Regardless of where you are in your writing life: the desert or the flooding word torrent, to become successful: Writing must become like breathing. You do not force your body to inhale or exhale oxygen. The body knows to do this to survive.
Writers must write to keep their writing life alive. – Tweet
How does one accomplish this?
How do you challenge yourself to take up your writing cross daily? It is discipline but it is also love.
I write to write. I love to write. I breathe words and they come to life in my blank spaces out of necessity; out of love. My message bangs at the door and wants to take life. My goal is to point others to a tree in time that formed a cross where my Savior died.
I want to persuade. I want to create. I want to inspire.
“Know that the Creator Lives and Breathes Within You. So Those Dreams? Risk Them. Those Words? Write them. Those Hopes Believe Them.” – Elora Nicole Ramirez
I desire to share faith, love, and keys to happiness in my daily writing pursuits. Sometimes these pursuits make it to a public venue where I share my writing testimonies. Other days, they remain in my worship closet with my prayers, hopes, and dreams.
Who inspires my writing?
First the Holy Spirit.
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly handles the word of truth.” 2 Timothy 2:15
I approach my blank spaces on my good days in prayer. When I pray first, my writing flings itself in black and white words of faith. When I neglect prayer, I enter a desert where my words are hard to find. Where the message muddles and mires.
Then, I turn to the greatest words ever breathed into the Holy Words of God. Job inspires me as he cries in Job 19:
23“Oh, that my words were recorded,
that they were written on a scroll,
24 that they were inscribed with an iron tool on lead,
or engraved in rock forever!”
Parts of me also face fears in my writing. Who am I to think that my words matter? Why do I hope that my words will bring life and inspiration? Why am I so conceited in this? I am like Job too when I look at God’s handiwork. His creation. His words. His holiness. Why would he use me?
I have no answers to the mysteries. I only know that God used writers throughout history. They penned His words and His story so that others could find His truth and His salvation.
He needs us to spread His message. That too is untrue. He doesn’t need us really. He could blink, and we would all fall at his feet in belief and knowledge of Him. He chooses us and blesses us to be His messengers. To spread His story by sharing our personal stories of how He has worked in our lives.
We do this through writing.
“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” -Maya Angelou
Writing words that form sentences that transforms into ideas that spread like wildfire and can change the world.
After working more than 28 years as a news reporter, broadcast copywriter, school librarian, and emergent literacy specialist, Mary Hill became a a stay-at-home, disabled mom who blogs. She blogs at MaryanderingCreatively.com where she writes creatively about her life as well as offers advice and insights on a range of family and parenting issues. She also loves to write poetry and share her creative photography.
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