Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ruminating...and Praying

Missy here.

From Webster's New World Dictionary:

ru mi nate

vt., vi.

-nat-ed, –nat-ing [ L ruminatus, pp. of ruminare: see prec.]

1 to chew (the cud), as a cow does

2 to turn (something) over in the mind; meditate (on)

I've been ruminating a lot lately. That, and praying. All while trying to figure out what I need to do with my story. I tend to always work this way. I think and think (chewing my cud), and then suddenly, an idea will hit me. It's as if all the time I'm thinking and jotting ideas, my mind is doing it own processing.

I had one of those moments yesterday evening. I had just prayed for ideas, was starting to nod off, then suddenly realized what my heroine's motivation could be. It was a great moment! I love when that happens. I love moments of clarity, moments where I feel God directing me.

I also had moment like that today while working. I started jotting ideas and finally, on the 5th or 6th try, came up with a scenario that I think will work.

My advice? Don't rush it. Think. Pray. Ruminate. Jot ideas as they come to you. Brainstorm and get others to help.

And above all, have fun with it!

What do you do that's similar to my ruminating?


  1. I do the same thing, Missy. Only I tend to refer to it as percolating. Ruminating is probably a better word. And the prayer part is definitely key.

  2. I think many of us work that way. It always takes me time to process my story- goals, motivations, and conflicts- what will work and not work- how to work a scene. Above all praying about the direction God would have my story go. In fact, when others ask me how it's going, I usually just say that I'm praying over my story.

    Once, God woke me out of a sound sleep to show/tell me how to fix the opening scene that had been stumping me for some time. How's that for God's timing and teaching me not to labor under my own knowledge? All I can say is...He's Awesome in his wisdom! I couldn't write without Him.

  3. Mindy, percolating is probably more writerly--and polite! :)

  4. Missy and all,
    I think I need to ru-mi-nate a little more. I told Missy yesterday I changed something in my story and she said sounds good-why did you change it? I told her I'd let her know when I figured it out.

  5. I do the samethings. I pray, think about it, and sometimes bounce ideas off my husband.