Writers tend to grind away, pursuing their passion, but occasionally the well of our creativity becomes parched. We may come to a point of creative fatigue. Don’t fear—it’s not permanent. Sometimes we just need to recognize the need to disengage from the grind and embrace the necessity to refresh our creative souls. When you feel discouraged and wrung out, there are methods you can use to refresh your creative spirit. According to Dictionary.com, creativity is the ability to
I'm fortunate to be able to attend writers' events and to strike up friendships with lots of other authors. I've noticed though, that in every group there's at least one writer who is questioning their their efforts—writers who are wondering if they should continue. I'm pleased to offer some encouragement to ponder: Dear friend, Don’t give up your dream of writing. Because we are all different, your unique perspective is important. The way you expound on a theme is important.
Sometimes expectations and reality don’t match up. I attended a writer’s retreat a few years ago, longing for some spiritual refreshment and encouragement on my writing journey. I expected to have a relaxing retreat, feeding from nuggets of wisdom that were easy-to-digest, low-hanging fruit. Instead I got a generous portion of truth and encouragement that was sometimes difficult to swallow. It was a weekend seasoned with both tears and laughter. Despite the disconnect between
A few years ago I had the pleasure of climbing up the side of a beautiful Colorado mountain. I was as prepared as possible—the right shoes, comfortable clothes, a bottle of water, and signs to point me in the right direction. Like many hiking trails, the one I was on started out smooth and was clearly marked. I was fully confident that it would be a piece of cake. Then the path began to get steeper, and there were rocks, boulders, and tree roots in the way. I was getting hot
One of my prayers has always been that my life would be an act of worship to my God. When I was a stay-at-home mom, I viewed keeping my house and caring for my family to be worshipful. By extension, my writing is also an act of worship. And I’m inviting you to see your writing as an act of worship. To prevent us getting too pride filled, here are a few thoughts to ponder: Don’t confuse stewardship and ownership. Go and read Matthew 25:14-30 (the parable of the talents). God h
Do you watch any food competition shows? You know, the ones were chefs compete against each other to make the best dish? There are a few I occasionally watch: Guy’s Grocery Games, Beat Bobby Flay, and Iron Chef. All of the chefs on the shows have been around for a while, they have already learned their craft and have perfected their style. Many of them work at highly rated restaurants and have all kinds of awards and honors to attest to their culinary skills. They cook their