Okay, I've been rather a slacker lately, haven't I?
The good news is it's because I have good excuses- family and hard at work on a new book (yeah!). The bad news is, when I get busy and forget to do my bloggy job, I forget about some of the tidbits I want to share with you. Ooops, sorry. :)
Soooo- here's one I'm actually remembering to pass on. I'm sure the other two will occur to me at exactly 3:46 am. . .
I was grateful to read Suzette Saxton's entry on Query Tracker a bit ago "When You're Weary". It's definitely worth popping over to check out. But, just in case you're feeling lazy and don't make it over there, I particularly want to share the video in her message. Some of you may have seen it before, but I think it's repeatable.
For me at least, the times when I'm doing writing of a spiritual nature I tend to, um, over-stress my desire to get the spirit of the message right. I take the weight of that huge responsibility entirely on myself and forget that it's a two-way street. I have to show up and do my part, but the reader has to show up and do their part as well. If those things are working together then the Lord has promised to do His part by getting the message the reader most needs through. In other words, I can't do it alone but I tend to assume it's all my fault if I don't think things are going right.
Sure, I'll get to shout Ole! once in a while when I see something I've written, but those are the times when the Spirit is doing His job for me, as the writer. I don't really have any part in what my written words will convey through the Spirit to the reader. Will the reader clutch my book to his or her chest and give it an Ole? I don't know, but I'll keep showing up to do my part and try to remember to give credit where credit is due. I never, never write alone unless my pride gets in the way and I assume I'm in control of the whole shabang.
Happy writing and may you have a few Allah/Ole! moments of your own.