Those stories were riveting, pant-dropping, jaw snapping delicious
but it just wasn’t the time
and God knew it.
Worry circled in mind’s territory for a number
of months when I learned it’s alright
to have a continuous body of work
not done (yet).
Writers Can Pause Certain Projects to Pivot
So wilst those nap-grow (subconscious novel-character-building)
I sort of had to put those
writing projects aside, not the sideline
where you ignore they exist —
but the kind where you tell the older kids
to go play outside for a bit so you can
tend to your toddler.
That’s what this is, my toddler needs
my attention — but I can already tell
she will mature rapidly and she
is God’s gift to me, a surprise
but handed to me in perfect time.
Only He can do this sort of thing,
where you think you’re working butt off
for no-thing and along comes
fruit bigger than past Promised Lands
and you’re like, “Whoa, where’s a cart?”
Because the handbasket isn’t
going to hold all that.
The blessings we need are different than the
blessings we think we want,
and when we see a glimpse of what He
has, hand clasps chest, head shaking.
God’s dreams for us are bigger than
our own. So some projects got put on hold
while He was delivering a package full of
Some projects get paused to flesh out
others and nothing gets wasted
and we will get watered.
Don’t drop your head,
don’t dip your toe in sinking sand —
“Some stories are not for now, but that doesn’t
mean they are for never.”
I’m all for finishing, don’t get me wrong,
but you just know in your knower
when a divine detour is happening —
your hands are on the wheel
working with God, not against him
and the butterflies in your belly
can’t be contained
as you see the sunrise
coming up over road’s edge.
What awaits you do not know,
even if the story goes
you thought it would
He owns the land
and t’will unfold
as best as it can
’cause you’re not alone,
you’re not alone.
What about you?
Have you ever been led to pivot by laying aside a project for a time?
It doesn’t mean you can’t add to it as the words come, but sometimes other things in life take prevalence or a new door opens just a crack and we feel led to go on in. Don’t let the worry of what will happen to older ideas get you down or prevent you from doing new things. Don’t assume they will never come to pass because the new will outshine the old. Sometimes the first ideas take the longest and haven’t come to completion because they are our practice — they are what’s creating the stepping stones.
2 Writing Project Tips
- Don’t pass off old, maturing ideas and creations as useless because they have not shown fruit yet or have not been fanned out publically.
- Don’t let the old, still growing projects keep you from participating in new open doors if you feel led to do so. Let the new have its place, but know there’s a space for both if you are in this for the long haul.
*Remember, a basketball player who pivots is still using the ball while turning.
Writers can pause projects to pivot without dropping their pens. – Tweet
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