Friday, March 2, 2007

Just Write: Part II

I'm no expert.

I'm sure that's obvious, but I just wanted to point it out. ;)

Last week, I wrote "Just Write". I touched on writing that first draft and not looking back until you were finished.

Now, I have to take some of my own advice.

I think a lot of my problem - with working on other things which are not furthering the progress of my manuscript, that are taking me away from time to pray and study God's word - has to do with doubting myself. For a long time, I wrote from the darkness of the closet.

Not literally, mind you, but I was writing stories, churning them out when I had spare time, loving every second of it but not telling a soul about it. I was embarrassed about my new found hobby. Yet, one chapter turned into four and then I had a whole book finished. I had one friend I confided about my writing and I let her read it - and she liked it.

But back then, I was writing about everything else. Now, I'm writing about God working in our lives and I use fictional characters to get the point across. Now, I'm telling friends and family about what I'm doing. I'm taking the risk of putting myself out there as an author. I'm participating in this group blog every week and I've created my own blog. What's more, Lord help me, I've added these blog links to my signature line and I'm bold enough to attach it when I write to family and friends!

One would think I'd be moving forward in my writing life, but 2007 is proving to be a tough year for me. I think a lot of it has to do with my procrastinating ways. Lately, I'd rather add a picture to my blog or sign up to review books than work on my on manuscript. I fully believe the Internet, like television and every other thing of this world, can be used as a tool of the devil. I know I've given into him every time I sit at the computer and log on to the email rather than pull up the synopsis and work on it, or work on my manuscript.

At night, after a long day of not finding the time to write, I'm praying for the right words. I want to glorify my heavenly Father.

Maybe that's what's stumped me.

The devil on my shoulder wants me to worry about adding to the Word in a way that's wrong. I only want to display it in a light that someone who needs that little push toward believing is going to get a clearer view - and they're going to get that from a book they picked off the shelf at a store. Eventually, my book.

That's a tall and impossible order, but God can make it happen.

I've got a lot of work to finish in myself to make this happen. I know God will answer my pleas. I'm faithful and will continue to be. I've got to keep writing and not worry over the little things. Knock that little devil off my shoulder and stomp him like bug!

Psalms 1:1-3 says: "Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers."

Write from the heart, come to the keyboard with an open heart and trust He will light the way.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 says "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

Dear Heavenly Father, Let us equip ourselves for Your work and keep our focus on You and the story You want us to tell. I lift up this prayer, not only for me, but for anyone who comes across this who's also struggling, or has struggled at one time, even over the smallest mountain. In You we can climb any mountain, witness to any one, complete even the toughest sentence. In You, we will write the words You desire, and through our experiences, share Your light. In Jesus' name, Amen.


  1. All right, sis, where is that camera you obviously have positioned somewhere in my house:-)

    I'm right there with you, Christy, trying to grow in the Lord, seeking His will for my life and my writing. Thank heavens He promises to reward those who earnestly seek Him. Talk about incentive!

  2. I love this blog. I haven't commented on each post, but every one of you have spoken to me in your messages. Did I mention I love this blog? And it's not just because I won chocolate. hehehehehe

  3. And we love you, Audra. Thanks for stopping by. How is that chocolate, BTW?

  4. Mindy, I'm glad you and I are once again in the same wagon. And I like what you pointed out about our incentive in believing in Christ. A seat in heaven with Him, the BEST reward of all.

    Audra, Talk about incentives! (LOL!) Yeah, how was that Montana chocolate! All kidding aside, I'm glad you're keeping up with us. Like you, I'll go to favorite blogs and not have anything to say, and then sometimes I'll leave a note. But I know I speak for everyone when I say I appreciate your comment and your return visits.

    Take care,

  5. Audra!! Glad to see you. I KNOW you're enjoying those chocolates, I had some in Dallas last year. Or was is Atlanta? Anyway, they were good!!
    Christy--my friend---you have touched a place in my heart. Your message is dear. Thank you for the scripture.

  6. The chocolates are delicious. :) I may have to find out what store Angie got them from when I visit there next time. :)