It was full steam ahead the first part of July. The muse danced in joyous freedom. The editor settled down behind closed doors with a good book. I finished chapter 8 of Getaway Mountain, my novel-in-progress. The first draft of Act 1 done. On to Act 2 . . .
Except all came to a screeching halt when my 14-year-old grandson suffered a compound fracture of his upper left arm during baseball practice. Getaway Mountain was put on hold during the crisis.
Trouble is a month later it's still on hold.
I'm sure you identify.
Life happens. There's nothing we can do about it. Sometimes our priorities get shifted out of necessity. As Solomon once wrote, "there is a time for every purpose under heaven."
But sometimes reasons morph into excuses.
Like, "I can't get back in the mood." "I'm too tired." "Too busy." "I haven't a clue what to write next." Yada, yada, yada . . .
The real reason is, "I'm afraid to write." I've bought into the lies whispered into my psych by an enemy who doesn't want me to succeed in what God has called me to do. Lies such as, "I'm really not a good writer." "My writing stinks." "Why bother? It'll never get published anyway."
I must remember how Jesus dealt with the enemy's lies: “Get
away from me, Satan! You are a dangerous trap to me. You are seeing
things merely from a human point of view, not from God’s" (Matthew 16:23 NLT).
No more excuses.
It's a time to write . . .
POST SCRIPT: SOME QUOTES ABOUT WRITING:
took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I
couldn’t give it up because by that time I was too famous." - Robert Benchley
"It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly." C. J. Cherryh
"May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you really can make a difference in this world, so that you are able, with God's grace, to do what others claim cannot be done." - from "A Four-fold Franciscan Blessing"
"The gifts and the call of God are irrevocable." - St. Paul (Romans 11:29)