Have you ever gotten in your car and driven somewhere, only to reach your destination and realize that you don’t remember a significant portion of the trip? I hope I’m not the only one this happens to, or I’ll have to add it to the list of possible signs that I’m losing my mind. That list is getting pretty long (and convincing).
Well, this is how my life feels at the moment. I’ve been writing around something for a couple months now because I didn’t know where to start. How do you find the beginning of a circle anyway? To put it simply, the “something” I’ve been writing around is God and my life and writing. It’s funny how all three are intertwined. What’s even more hilarious is the fact that I’ve managed to not fully acknowledge it for this long 🙂 Yes, I am a dense one…but I have a great personality. The personality argument doesn’t work here? Oh.
Before I go further, I feel like I should put in some disclaimers. You know; like the scrolling window of fine print you see (and have to click “I agree” to) when downloading software or the fast-talking at the end of a car commercial. Only I will write slowly and concisely. Oh, who am I kidding, I don’t do concise.
Disclaimer 1: I plan to do my spiritual sort-out posts on Sundays. I know some of my readers may not be Christian, so I wanted to ‘warn’ you. If the topic offends or makes you uncomfortable (or bores you to tears), don’t stop by on Sundays. I don’t want anyone to feel ambushed 🙂
Disclaimer 2: I’m NOT going to get “preachy” or anything. I want to see if I can figure out how I ended up where I am without even realizing it – that’s all. For several weeks, I’ve been debating about whether or not to post about this. I’ve chickened out several times, but the idea keeps nagging at me, so I’m guessing this is where I’m supposed to suck it up and “just do it” (to steal the Nike slogan.) Since it affects my writing, and this is my writing blog, it kind of makes sense. And who knows, maybe others can relate.
On a semi-related topic, I started reading, “The Art & Craft of Writing Christian Fiction” by Jeff Gerke earlier this week. There are two questions he asks that would be helpful regardless of the genre you write. And, they are so basic and obvious that I can’t believe I never put serious thought into them. I am now, and it’s an enlightening experience! Ready? Here they are:
- Why do you write? Examine motives to make sure you write for the right reasons. Writing for approval or validation of others will not fulfill you or give you a sense of accomplishment.
- What drives your desire to be published? Look at motives and expectations. The strong desire for publication could be a form of greed. Publication won’t fill a void by making us content with life or making all our dreams come true.
Have you ever consciously thought about these questions?