Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Pressing On

Tell me if this has ever happened to you. You're progressing nicely through your WIP and all of a sudden, WHAM! You come to grinding halt. The story is in your head, maybe even on your story board, yet you cannot for the life of you figure out where to go next. So what do you do then?

If you're like me, you piddle. Oh, I can come up with lots of things to do (none of which include housework, mind you). Suddenly, it's imperative I answer those emails that weren't so important two weeks ago. Or I go blogging, checking in with anyone and everyone I can think of. I carefully read their entries and then answer each and every one. Then there's my favorite, shopping online. Sure I have to go to Wal-Mart tomorrow, but hey let me just check and see if they carry those big cork boards I've been looking for.

Frustrating isn't it. So how do you get over that hump? For me, I have to pray, pray, pray, and then I have to press on, even when I don't know where I'm going. What I write next may not stay there. It may find itself a victim of the delete key, or it may end up someplace else in the story. But if I don't press on, I'll never reach my goal of a finished story.

Philippians 3:12 says, ". . .but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me." God didn't call me to write by accident. He called me for a purpose. And if I give up, then that purpose will never be fulfilled.

Don't give up, sister. Press on.


  1. Uh, yeah, of course this has happened to me before. Let me ask you something, Mindy - are you masquerading as Christy Smith, because I think you are. I'm a few states away, piddling, not doing housework, mind you, and have re-done my first 3 chapters 8 times! I need someone to slap me! Please!

    And yeah, I know about praying. I prayed the other night about my story. You want to know what happened? The Lord answered. He gave me a dream or a vision right before I was falling asleep. A little voice inside of me urged me to get out of bed and write it down - on the wall, paper, my husband's forehead, whatever was nearby, but I didn't. I rolled over and went to sleep. (Oh, I'll remember the next day... snooze...) But No! I can't remember exactly what I dreamed or envisioned.

    I'm making fun of myself and of us all who do this, but seriously, Mindy, I like this post. You're talking to me - again!

    I won't give up if you don't! Yeah! Press on FAITH Sister!

  2. I'm pressing on here in GA. Once I get done with revisions, it's back to a story that I'm stuck on. I'll tuck your post away for then. :)


  3. Christy, consider this a cyber-slap. Snap out of it girl. And always, always, always keep a pen and paper next to your bed. Even if you scribble it in the dark, you can at least decipher enough to jog your memory. LOL! Yes, I'm speaking from experience.

  4. Okay, but when I say piddle it isn't to delay something or toodling around the house...it's because I have to...Is it a Montana thing? I was sure you had a puppy in the house or something, lol!

    OH MY GOSH! The dictionary has BOTH definitions listed, ROFLOL. Look it up and tell me what you think I mean...

    But yes, I loved this post. I hit that wall recently. And now, slowly, I am working through it. I appreciated both the reminder to pray for the vision and Christy's comment when she disregarded the vision.


  5. Mindy,
    Great post. I do all kind of stuff. Thanks for the verse. It's a great reminder.

  6. LOL! You are so right, Ang. They are both there. Actually, I hadn't thought of your definition until I read your post. Too funny. I may have to rethink my word choices in the future.

  7. I'm laughing about the note pad by the bed thing. I finally did that. I woke up from a dream one night, got up, wrote it down on the sticky note, then stuck it on my bathroom mirror.

    The next morning I read it, and it made absolutely NO SENSE!! And I still can't even get a clue what it was about. But it sure seemed brilliant in the middle of the night! LOL