Friday, December 14, 2007

Running Free

It's a few minutes before seven. It's still dark outside. The sun hasn't risen yet, changing the sky into these marvelous colors of salmon or lavender.

I'm at the desk, in sock feet and pj's, eating Bavarian fudge with my coffee. Baby girl isn't awake yet, hubby is already off to work, and the bulldog is snoring in the bedroom.

How much more free can a person be?

I know I'm free, and I'm thankful.

Seeing this picture of my daughter running through the leaves at Thanksgiving, gives me a spirit of freedom. I feel like I could possess this spirit, but I always hold back. What am I afraid of?

I do the same in writing as I do in life. I've heard the first 100 pages are the hardest. What if you've already written them, but you're writing them again? Gosh, I can't get past the first paragraph. First chapter. Goodness, they're all giving me trouble! Does this scene flow into this one? Is it going to make the reader want more.

I don't know! I like the story - isn't that enough?


It's not.

I'm not sure a writer ever escapes, ever runs free. Maybe there's a twinkle of it, when a writer gets a "good rejection." Perhaps it happens when a writer becomes published. Yet the next book looms ahead, with the same fears attached to it.

For those who believe, there is always freedom in Christ. If you look around, that reminder is everywhere.


  1. This is a terrific post! I can truly relate to that feeling of freedom in Christ. I have yet to achieve it in my own writing. I pray that I can do that.

    I love that wonderful time of morning...the beauty and peace of it!

    Thanks for sharing!


  2. Awesome post, Christy! I think everyone knows exactly what you mean. We forget we're empowered. 2 Timothy 1:7 says "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." God wants us to go out there and rock their world!

    Great pix, too. Baby girl is a DOLL!

  3. My hubby preached about this before--how kids always run around, energetic, facing life with joy. I do wonder why we lose that joy, that energy. Maybe it's the stresses of making a living, paying bills, dealing with coworkers and family members, responsibilties, etc.

    So, let's be kids today as we sit to write (or work, or cook, or clean).

    Now, off to clean for a birthday party tomorrow. Yikes! I have tons to do!!


  4. Christy,
    Love the photos! You always have such great pictures.

    And your book is going to be great. I know it is.

  5. Thanks for all of your comments!

    Kim, I'd love to hear more about what you write!

    Thanks for pointing out the scripture, Mindy.

    Missy, hope your birthday party goes well!

    Lindi - love ya - you're the infinite encourager!

  6. I think that's why I like writing so much. In every story I write, there is usually a child that is an integral part of my plots. For just a short while, I can be free again as I write that character. I do miss the carefree days of childhood.

    Lord, help us recapture some of that freedom in spite of our responsibilities and chaotic lives.