Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Life of a Writer

It snowed big time in Georgia--six inches at my house! Lindi shared photos the other day. (Excuse my old photo. I didn't take any this time around.)

Of course, everything in Atlanta comes to a standstill. And that has meant four days out of school for the kids... so far. Also, we haven't been able to drive anywhere since Sunday night.

Granted, we've felt a little trapped. But I thought I'd share a funny with you. This week, my husband either walked or rode his bike to work, so he's been out and about a little. The kids and I have been cooped up inside the whole time, but I've tried to take advantage and work as much as possible.

On Tuesday, hubby came home in the afternoon, and I was typing away. He said, "Man,  you've spent so much time on the couch, I bet you have cabin fever." And I just looked at him funny and said, "This is no different from what I normally do!" :)

Writers spend a lot of time sitting. A few times,  I've been awake and still typing when the alarm clock went off in the morning, my legs so stiff I could hardly stand up. Though it sounds painful (and maybe a little crazy), those are the good days. The days when everything is flowing.

Then there are the other days. Those days. The ones where I can't figure out what to write next. Where each sentence is like birthing a baby. Where I feel like my brain is stuck on pause. Those are the days you'll find me getting up, walking to the fridge, searching inside, closing it. Going back five minutes later, yet, gosh, not a thing has changed! No brain-stimulating food has appeared magically. So why would I keep going back?? :)

Those are the times when I have to glue my rear to the couch. I have to battle through the block. Pray. Brainstorm. Pray some more. And maybe even shed a few tears. But eventually, I get to the other side, and it starts flowing once again.

Sounds a little like battling obstacles in our lives, doesn't it? Sometimes we just have to resist escaping (or going to the refrigerator!) and work through our problems. God will show us the way. He'll provide for us through Scripture, through people around us, through prayer...and other ways He speaks to us (for me, it's through music and nature).

So what things have you had to work through lately?


  1. Missy,
    I love your line "every line is like birthing a baby." Man is that true sometimes. I had the life of a writer this week but didn't get much writing done. I did do a workshop proposal though, and I plan on writing this morning before trying to make it in to the job around noon.
    Thanks for the post. You made me smile.

  2. I don't guess I'll be walking to the fridge if I get blocked today since it's about empty!! :)

    I'm so ready to get in the car and drive. LOL

    Hope you get some focused writing done today, Lindi!

  3. I'm afraid I'm at the birthing point today, so I'm sure I'll come up with plenty to help me procrastinate.
    What you said about resisting the urge to escape made me think of the Bible study I did this past fall. James MacDonald used the example of someone pressing down on our shoulders. Our first reaction is to want to get out from under it. Instead, we need to remain under the pressure (trials God allows, big or little), because only then can we grow and strengthen and allow God to refine us.
    Enjoy your snow:-)

  4. Mindy, I really like that image. Letting the trials strengthen us...

    Thanks for sharing.

  5. We finally have a ton of snow, which is great, because it makes the days brighter by reflecting the sun. But unfortunately for students here everything's been plowed and shoveled and they didn't miss any school.

    Right now I am working out the setting for a new ms and doing research. It is so hard to wait until I have the details firmly in place. I feel like I'm holding myself back from the start of a race and I can't wait for the 'go' signal to start typing.

    Good luck with your writing everyone!

  6. Eva, I'm the same way! I just want to jump in so badly I can hardly stand it. :)

    Have fun with it!

  7. Such a timely post for me! I've hit a definite dry spell lately and can't seem to get back on track. Of course, I knew everything you listed, but it's much harder carrying out what you know is right. Praying to get back in the swing of things soon.

    Unfortunately, the snow days haven't helped me re-establish my groove. I'm iced in creatively more than I am physically!

  8. I understand, Dianna! I suggest trying to work through it even if you don't feel creative. Even if you feel like you're writing garbage. it'll help get you back in the groove and you can fix it later. :)

  9. I'm going to try and take your advice Missy and write even though I think its garbage. I was at home thru the snow, but actually working on the stuff I get paid to do. No writing at all!

    But I have started a challenge up on my blog and Im hoping I can write more and help others stay accountable! Come by and say hi!

  10. Good for you, Christy! I'll be sure to stop by. I think it's great that you do that to encourage your readers. :)