Monday, February 23, 2009

Feeling God


Okay, so I have my share of faults when it comes to writing. One of my biggest hang-ups are details. I am usually in such a hurry to get to the next scene (I think this is because I'm a panster and when the ideas start flowing I get very impatient) that I write the bones of the scene and move on to the next one. Some call this momentum--I call it knowing-I-have-to-go-back-and-REALLY-revise. Not a lot of fun.
So this is what I've been praying about in my writing. Patience, the urge to stay in a scene feeling what is happening and to really enjoy what is happening right then.

And guess what? It happened today. I'm writing along, this scene that I added an element to which I feel will really integrate into the plot---I was very excited...and the ideas for more kicked in and then I felt it.

STOP!

Really, I felt the word stop. I felt this calmness and this patience and this DESIRE to stay in the scene I was in, fully get into all the details, (and I even had to go back to the beginning of the chapter to change something up because the idea developed more fully as I stayed in the moment!) and believe this is the way God wanted this scene to go. Needless to say I was loving it!

So, is there something about your writing you wish you could do differently? Is there something about the way you write you would change if you could? I'm hoping this "God" feeling I had today is in me for real---it sure felt good and grounded.

14 comments:

  1. Lindi,

    It sounds like He was guiding your writing and when He does that--it feels so great.

    Something that I would like to change is similar to you, but I do it more with books than with scenes. It takes so long to finish a book and my mind has moved on to new stories, new characters with a new plot. So I start to feel bored with what I'm working on. One thing that helps me is the fact that my mother instilled in me to finish what I've started before I go and start something new. But I'm ansy and itching to finish it so I probably do leave out some of the kind of details you're talking about.

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  2. Thanks Jennifer for your comment on my blog..and your story about your baby..I pray she is a healthy little girl today!! And the Lord does know how to get each of us through times like this.Sometimes we think we will not be able to make it, but somehow with his love and comfort we do.I love reading your blog, makes me think about things I normally would not ponder upon.

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  3. I tend to get lazy. So instead of digging and going where I need to go, I just get the scene out. Later Iread it and realize how flat it is, which means I have get out my shovel and spend more time there. If I'd just done it the first time . . . no one can drive me crazy better than me.

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  4. Jenn,
    I'm like that about moving onto books also. But, I really feel God guiding me through this whole process...and this is the tough to write book.

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  5. MommaB--thanks for visiting. We hope you come back often.

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  6. Mindy,
    I'm where you are more often than not. And that revising...whoo....

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  7. Isn't it wonderful when God answers your prayers! I am so happy that He answered yours on patience when it comes to writing. We all need patience (I know I do not only for writing but for just about everything in my life!) God bless and thank you for your wonderful comment on my blog. You are truly a blessing and I pray you will visit often as I will visit you.

    Have a wonderfully blessed day my new friend!

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  8. Lindi, I'm so thrilled for you!! I love when I see answered prayers so clearly. :)

    I can't wait to read the story!

    Missy

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  9. Mamma B and Valerie Lynn,

    Thanks so much for stopping by our blog! We really appreciate your comments.

    Missy

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  10. Valerie Lynn, I should probably pray for it in all areas, also. I know I need to. This is a wonderful break through for me. Thank you for your comments and visiting our blog!!

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  11. That's so great, Belinda. Wow, God's so amazing. When we're writing for an audience of ONE, it's amazing what can happen, huh?

    Press on, my sister in Christ.

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  12. Hi Lynn,
    and yes, and audience of One...by the way, have you heard that song? It's one of my fav's we sing at church.

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  13. Thanks for the reminder about feeling God guiding - not just in writing, but in all of life's moments!

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