Monday, July 13, 2009


I am unwritten,
Can't read my mind
I'm undefined
I'm just beginning
The pen's in my hand
Ending unplanned

Staring at the blank page before you
Open up the dirty window
Let the sun illuminate the words
That you could not find
Reaching for something in the distance
So close you can almost taste it
Release your inhibitions

Feel the rain on your skin
No one else can feel it for you
Only you can let it in
No one else, no one else
Can speak the words on your lips
Drench yourself in words unspoken
Live your life with arms wide open
Today is where your book begins
The rest is still unwritten, yeah

This song was sung by Natasha Bedingfield. Our pastor used it for a sermon series at the beginning of the year. He gave us these journals pictured below.

So I'm working on this ms and I have this journal on my desk. And suddenly (yes, cliched saying I know---but it's the truth!!!) the word UNWRITTEN got bigger in my brain. My previous current ms......UNWRITTEN. And only I could change the status to WRITTEN.
I started writing in the journal before I worked on my ms. Not everyday because I'm forgetful and basically have no routines...the days I have written in it I've written words in my ms that I LOVE. Yes, I will be writing in the journal more often.

With writing, and anything else you want to do you have the ability to see it through or not. Writing is so disciplined. I believe Nora Roberts says....just sit in the chair and do it! And that's what we have to do or our stories remain UNWRITTEN.
Like the song says "feel the rain on your skin no one else can feel it for you..."

How about "write the words on the page, no one else can write them for you" that's what I say.

Below are two books I have on my desk. (Besides Scene and Structure by Jack W. Bickham and Plot and Structure by James Scott Bell). One book is by my cp partner Missy Tippens....the other by a great encourager of mine, Debbie Guisti.

I keep these books in plain sight while I'm working. When I get stuck or am not "feeling" up to writing I look at the books. I remind myself those books were UNWRITTEN until my good friends sat down and wrote them. It is great encouragement for me.

This post may seem a little simple....WRITTEN...UNWRITTEN. Or a little obvious.
But what it really is about is hard work, dedication, and working toward something that you have a passion for.

Remember---no one else can do it for you.


  1. Great Post! Lindi, I like Unwritten. And you're right, this writing takes hard work, dedication and determination! We must all be crazy or just love the written word to continue to do this.

    p.s. I think you're a fabulous encourager. That's definitely a gift you have.

  2. Wow. What a powerful post!! And it's so true.

    We each have unique experiences that will touch our writing and make it what God wants it to be. If we leave it unwritten, then it won't ever have the chance to speak to someone.

    Let's all write those words God is giving us!

  3. And I agree with Christy. YOU are a great encourager as well.