I don’t know exactly what happened. Somewhere in the last couple weeks I lost sight of what and why I was writing. I managed to subconsciously, and soon consciously, create all of these rules for myself on writing. It amazes me how subtly things like that can seep into your creative world.
I have spent a lot of time thinking about writing, but not actually doing it. So, last night I sat down and listed all the things I believe get in my way of writing – both external and internal reasons. There is where I found those rules I spoke about.
Rules like, if I am not writing everyday, I shouldn’t call myself a writer or the biggest one, which happens to be the truest of all my stumbling blocks:
If I am not writing a devotion or a piece of Christian writing then I shouldn’t write it.
Where did this rule come from? Who says that because God places devotion pieces on my heart, means that He doesn’t want me to write other things?
So, I have decided to throw all these “rules’ out the window – to be bold, but still prayerful; to be courageous and take some risks.
Afterall, God created us in His image. He made us creative.
I don’t know where this revelation will take me, but I hope you will come along on the journey.
“The scariest moment is just before you start” – Stephen King
3 thoughts on “Throwing out the Rules”
I have struggled with the same issues, and, like you, I can do nothing but write what I think will inspire, teach, encourage, and tocuh people’s hearts, not just devotions and Christian writing. I wish you the best, and I look forward to reading the food for thought you create.
Thank you for letting me know that. I thought I was the only one!
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I also believe, am confident that God has given me this means of communication for his ministry. I write a lot of fun kinda of stuff from my own promptings and from prompts and challenges of others. If you are acquainted with my blog you will see I cannot be “categorized.” I believe God gives me ideas for picture prompts as well as scripture prompts. Series such as I am writing now on Racial Issues are hard for me. But I believe they are matters that need to be discussed and I believe I am prompted by God to do so. So sometimes fun when I write Odes to Walmart Bags, sometimes serious when I write about Abortion and Hell. He wants your personality to shine through. The scriptures are already written and there is an abundance of people to write commentaries. Be yourself. And commit every piece to God’s glory, even if you’re writing about Walmart bags. 😀
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