Every person who has ever been born has had people and society expecting things of them. Some of these can be good things because the person learns how society is supposed to work and learns the things they need to know to be an independent adult.
But, what happens when this person becomes an adult and is still trying to live up to expectations? I’m not talking about the worker who is doing what their boss has asked them to do or the people in a marriage who are doing their best to live life as a couple in today’s society. I’m talking about the person who gave up their dreams because of what others expected of them. The person who became a lawyer because it was the family profession or the person went into the military because others he knew had done it before him. Now, if that is someone’s dream, there’s nothing wrong with following after others.
What if the person though had their own dream–a dream of doing something no one had ever done before in her circle of family and friends? Just because it’s different, does that mean she should give up on her dream? Should she give up on the person God wants her to become just because someone in her family wants her to do something different? No, of course not. Doing something someone else wants to do just because they want it is not what God wants for us or wishes for us. He made all of us to be our own unique person and gave us the desires to become that person. It’s taken me a long time to realize that, but I have, and I’m looking forward to working towards my goal of becoming a better writer every day.
Hope everyone has a great day!
Here’s the prompt for today.
Write a list of ways to nurture your writing.
When I was thinking of what I could write down for this prompt, I thought of all the different things I had done over this past year to nurture my writing. Some of them are fairly obvious while others might not be so obvious. The first one is to actually carve out time to write. There are so many things that could prevent me from writing, but when I commit to a specific time to write, I always seem to get more words written.
The second thing is to read, read, read. And then read some more. Read in the genre you want to write in. Read other kinds of books too so you will be saturated in language. Then when you want to write, the words will come easier.
Being observant would be another way to nurture your writing. Every time you have to wait somewhere, have a small notepad where you can jot down notes and observations about the people around you. You never know. Your next main character could have the same description as someone you were in line with.
And finally, take the time to have a variety of experiences. Every experience you have that is different than what you have done before is another experience you can bring to your writing. And it can make your writing more varied and interesting.
Hope everyone has a great weekend!
In my quest to learn more about writing, I have followed several authors over the past few years and have learned a great deal. One of them has just come out with a book that has an intriguing premise. I’ve not read it yet, but probably will at some point so I’m not going to mention the title. The premise is intriguing enough though that I decided to think about what this actually meant in my life. Now, you’re waiting for me to mention what it is. Well, it talks about how we are usually waiting for the next big thing to happen to us. In the cycle of life, there are several moments that qualify like graduating from high school, graduating from college, getting a first job, getting married, having a first child, going on vacation, having the last child leave the nest, etc., etc. You get the picture.
There are a lot of ordinary moments in life though. In my life, some of those might include: getting hugs from my kids when they get up in the morning, having them ask me to watch a baseball game with them, baking loaves of bread, going out for Friday night dinners with the family, enjoying the scenery around me when I walk in the mornings, having the chance to write words on a page with the hope they will encourage someone, and having the chance to develop relationships.
Now, that doesn’t mean it’s wrong to look forward to the big moments. But, when the big moments become so much of a focus that you forget the ordinary ones, I believe life is somehow diminished, and it’s not how I believe we were meant to live. With the ages my kids are at now, I have come to realize there is not a lot of time left for me to enjoy the ordinary moments with them, and my resolve today is to spend more time enjoying the ordinary moments.
Hope everyone has a great day!
Yesterday, the calendar switched over, and it is now officially autumn. During the past few days, I had started to see some color change, but the temperatures in my little corner of the world had remained warm, as they tend to do in the southeastern United States in September. Finally, though, there has been some cooling in the air, especially in the early morning, which is when I walk. When I walked out the door this morning, a whiff of cool breeze blew past me, and I was reminded again of the cycle of time where one season flows into another with the resultant weather changes.
This year has been such a different year for me. I’ve finally come into my own about who I am and what I’m meant to do. I’m a daughter of God, my Lord and Savior, the one who made me to love others in His name. My value is not in what others think of me, but only in what He thinks of me. I’m also meant to use my writing to encourage others, to help them know that their wounds and their brokenness are not meant to keep them from God. God loves all of us, even those of us who are wounded and broken. As it says in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish, but have eternal life.” It doesn’t say whoever believes in him who has money or whose lives are perfect. It says because he loved the world so much, he gave his only Son. That kind of love was inconceivable to me for a long time, but I know it is in my heart now, and that is the most liberating thing I’ve ever experienced.
Hope everyone has a wonderful afternoon!
Change – as life moves forward in its cycle, there is always change no matter how much you might wish for things to stay the same.
In our family and in our family of faith this week, there is going to be a tremendous change. Our youth minister is leaving because he feels led by God to take a position at another church. This is someone who has had a tremendous impact on our sons’ lives over this past year. It will be hard for them, for all of us, but everyone is supporting this young man and letting him know how much he has meant to us.
I see change as having a beneficial impact on a writer too. A writer can bring different experiences to his writing, and his writing will be richer for the experience. He can show what it’s like to live in different places; he can show the different emotions that are the result of the changes he is going through; and he can show how different people react to different changes.
So, change can be positive as well as negative. Here’s to change making our writing richer this week.
Hope everyone has a great day!