Join me June 18,2016 @ 1pm EST for a LIVE online workshop where I will talk about having faith and writing through the pain. If you are a writer, or an aspiring writer, then this workshop will surely help you through the writing process.
As I sit here writing this I am literally forcing myself to put my heart and my thoughts down on this computer screen. It’s been a very difficult year, and it seems like there really isn’t a break from it all.
The pressure just keeps piling on top of one another, and sometimes the hurtful things people say to you, about you, or even in a passive way on social media can really begin to make you doubt yourself and your worth.
Even when we know who we are in Christ we are bound to have moments of doubt and insecurity.
For me, those doubts and insecurities have been pressing in on me at full speed the past two weeks.
I’ve noticed the biggest thing that happens to my writing when I am feeling like this is that I usually don’t write at all.
With time being spread thin, routine changes, and looking to the wrong people to define my worth, I lost track of what the Lord wants me to focus on, and one of those things is writing.
So tonight I am finding the time to write, and finding new ways to write through the pain instead of holding my thoughts in my mind to dwell on.
Over the years I have learned a few things that have helped me to move past writer’s block and move forward even if I didn’t feel confident in what I was doing:
1. Writing is a process.
I had to come to the conclusion that writing is a process, and isn’t something you can necessarily accomplish in a day, hour, week, month, or sometimes even a year.
In order for me to write a blog post I first write the post in scrivener. This first draft is a very rough draft, all I do is write and very little editing.
Then I move the post to WordPress. I like to give myself a week to reread the post over and over again in order to edit the post.
On post day I will read the post and edit it again, create two images, add the images to the blog post, add some keywords to my blog post, pick the right category, post the blog post, and then schedule social media postings.
Writing truly is process. It’s not always an easy process, but learning that writing is a process helps me to slow down and enjoy the process!
Writing has taught me how to live life because life is also about the journey and not just the finished product.
2. Writing helps me process my thoughts and emotions, especially through difficult seasons of life.
Writing is such a huge tool that I use in my life in order to process my thoughts. When my husband first started showing symptoms of his chronic illness, achalasia, writing was my outlet where I processed my thoughts. Some I shared on my blog and in my books, and some I wrote down in my personal journal.
One way that writing has helped me to process life in a way that I can’t do with anyone else is by having multiple different projects going at one time.
I have several writing outlets.
One is the blog you are reading right now where I share devotionals.
My non-fiction Bible Studies where I like to dive into a certain topic in order to help me further learn and grow in God’s word.
My fiction project is one that has yet to be completed, but writing in that book has helped me to process some things I just can’t process on this blog or in a Bible Study.
I also have a personal journal at home where I write down my thoughts every day. Most of my writing online is a spin-off of what I share with God through writing in my journal.
3. Through the process I am able to help other people find a process that helps them, too.
Being obedient to the process of writing I have found that it has also helped others embrace the process of life as well. I have found so much comfort and freedom in simply writing. God has revealed Himself to me, and I have drawn closer to Him through simply going through the writing process.
The problem with writer’s block is that it stops my process, and it stops my growth. Some of us just need to write something down so that we can clear our mind in order to move onto the next topic.
So today I chose to write knowing that I may not even publish this blog post. But at least I was obedient to the writing process that I know will only draw me closer to Jesus.
In life we all need to find ways to process what we are going through in the moment.
Life is filled with roadblocks, senseless tragedies, trauma, discouragement, and disappointment. The best that we can do is pray, trust God, and learn how to move through the process and write through the pain.