Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Letting Go

Well, vacation is over. It was a wonderful trip filled with lots of neat things. But there was one thing lacking--writing. I mean none whatsoever. As writers, we really never leave our work. It follows us wherever we go. So imagine my surprise when I couldn't even think about my WIP. I tried. There were things I wanted to ponder, yet I completely shut down.

Midway through the week, as I swayed back and forth enjoying the lull of the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, completely relaxed, I realized God had shut me down for a reason. He wanted me to focus on Him, on my family.

I can't speak for other writers, but writing tends to consume me. Granted, there are things that I HAVE to do, and I take time to do them. But if I can hide behind my desk and live in my own little world, I'm content with that, too. Perhaps even more content.

So I gave up on trying to work during my vacation, and instead took in all that was around me. Good thing too, otherwise I might have missed this. Yep, that's a bear, only twelve or so feet from our vehicle. I've never seen one that close, let alone in the wild. What a treat for all of us, especially my kids.

Funny thing happened when we got home. I awoke the next morning with direction and focus concerning my story. New ideas had taken root and were peaking through the freshly fertilized soil of my mind. Now it's up to me to cultivate them.

Have you ever felt like God had pulled you away from writing? What was the result?


  1. Mindy, I've been there, too, where my brain just wouldn't kick in gear for my writing. It just shut down, like thinking of my story took too much energy.

    It sounds like you needed that time with your family and with God. And I bet your subconscious was working all along! :)

    Now, off to change gears from online stuff to revising...


  2. Revising? Eeww. Ick. Sigh. Me, too.

  3. Yes, for three years I was pulled away from writing and cut off from the rest of the world it seemed. The result? A closer relationship with God. And the guidance I needed to switch from secular fiction to Christian fiction.

    It was a painful, difficult time, and those three years seemed to take so long. When we started coming out of it, I felt twenty years older, not three. But it was rewarding. I learned so much about life, God, and strongholds on my thinking were torn down. My whole life perspective changed, I changed, and as a result so did my writing.

    Now two years later, I've written three new novels and converted two secular books to Christian fiction. I'm starting to feel younger again, not older. God truly does restore, but first we need to be remolded and reshaped.