Why Do You Write?

Do you write for pure enjoyment? Do you write to share recipes? Maybe you want to share helpful information about computers or weight loss tips and advice. Maybe you want to be a published writer, be it poetry or a novel…

Why do I write?

First, I write for several reasons. I enjoy it. I enjoy the creativity of a good poem or story. I like to try to encourage others and build them up. I like sharing information that I’ve learned or that I think would benefit others around me. And yes, I like sharing recipes.

Second, Do I want to be a published writer? No. I don’t see that happening. At least not until I’m dead. I have written a good number of poems, most are personal, so I wouldn’t want to see them in print for the world to see unless I could avoid potential embarrassment. However, in some instances, parts of my life could read like a book.

Last, but not least:  ~New content to come~

For some time now, I have been wanting to write about some of my life experiences. Some of which are quite difficult for me to even think about, let alone speak or write about publicly. But I believe it has the potential to help others who are facing or that have faced things that I have. I am hoping to begin posting stories within the next month or so. With that said, some things may be uncomfortable for some people to read. I will include a warning at the top of such posts.

Lost and Found: Inspiration

Has there ever been a time when you felt inspired to write but there were just no words? You have many ideas, but none of them suited the sudden, urgent need to write? You just want to pen a motivational story or an inspirational quote and send it out into the world?

I experience bursts of inspiration like that on occasion and it drives me nuts! It’s like I’ve grabbed a pen, put it to paper to write and find that the ink has dried up. Not only that, but something has sucked the very life out of the pen so that it crumbles in my grasp.

Well, maybe I should explain a bit further…
I have a lot of ideas, not just for writing, but other creative outlets as well. Add in the usual life stresses, mixed with a few less-than-usual stresses… mental clutter? It’s like a log jam or a clogged drain. The flow is missing.

I experienced this very thing last night. I couldn’t sleep and I was feeling a little creative so I went online. Nothing fun on Facebook, so I logged into WP and started reading blog posts from my feed. One in particular, a poem, full of emotion…

Inspiration struck!

And just as fast as it came, it was gone.

Inspiration lost. (sigh)

I have read several articles and blog posts about writer’s block. I have written a few of my own. I have also read about different techniques, tips and tricks that people use to help ward it off. But I have yet to try them. Why? I don’t really know.

Here are some tips I’ve read about and should probably try:

1) Do Freewriting. Write every day for 10-15 minutes. No matter what comes to mind, just write and get it all out on paper. Eventually you may get some ideas stemming from those writings.

2) Step away from your writing and do anything that’s creative. Paint pictures, write poetry, design images in Photoshop, make a scrapbook or collage, or build something in the garage (wood or metal working, or cars). Work on another creative project for a few hours or days and then go back to writing.

3) Move your body. Exercise, yoga, dance, Tai Chi. This may sound funny, but when you get your body into flow, your mind follows.

4) Eliminate distractions. (Yeah, right! Come to my house for a day or two. This is NOT an invitation by the way). Turn off the phone and unplug from the internet. Clean up your work space. A cluttered desk puts the mind in a state of confusion. Carve out some time in your schedule just for writing. Ask loved ones to honor your space so you can write without interruptions, or write when everyone in the house is sleeping. Giving yourself time and space to be in solitude is important to staying focused.

There are several other tactics that you can find on Google or whatever search engine tickles your fancy.

 

references* and other links:

*7 Ways to Overcome Writer’s Block
10 Ways to Combat Writer’s Block
Top 10 Guaranteed Ways to fight Writer’s Block
Fighting Writer’s Block — Part 1

HarsH ReaLiTy Challenge!

Are you up for a challenge? I’m thinking about it.

OM (of HarsH ReaLiTy) is inviting bloggers to share a piece of “their story” with him and his readers.
Tell a story, with words and pictures, about the city/town/village, and/or country you live in. It’s a great opportunity to get ourselves out there.

Smoking or Non-Smoking?

This world has gone crazy… and we haven’t seen INSANE yet.

What do you mean? What are you saying?

Strange Weather. Natural Disaster. Corruption. Lies. Deception.
Crooked Government. Hatred. Persecution. Murder.
These things  are happening NOW. And they are going to get worse.

I can say this without a doubt in my mind: we are in the Biblical End Times.
“As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. “Tell us,” they said, “when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age? Jesus answered: “Watch out that no one deceives you. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am the Messiah,’ and will deceive many. You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places.
All these are the beginning of birth pains.
Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” Matthew 24:3-14

Now I’m not saying the world will end tomorrow, next week, or even next year. What I am saying is the day of Salvation and true repentance is here.
“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.” Matthew 24:36

 

Do you know where you will spend eternity?
Have you accepted Christ as your Savior? Or have you ignored Him calling out to you?
It is ultimately your choice.
If you don’t make a choice, you have still made one…

God loves YOU. He doesn’t want anyone to perish.
Hell was not created for people, but for Satan and his demons. But the truth is, those who reject salvation will perish.
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?’ And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.”  Matthew 7:21-23

God sent His Son Jesus into the world to to bring salvation. It is a gift for all.
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.”  John 3:16-17

 

Jesus is our ONLY hope of going to Heaven, there is no other way.
“Jesus answered, ‘I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6

 

If you would like heaven to be your eternal home, and would like to accept Christ as your Savior, it’s as simple as saying this prayer**:

Dear God in heaven, I come to you in the name of Jesus. I acknowledge to You that I am a sinner, and I am sorry for my sins and the life that I have lived; I need your forgiveness.
I believe that your only begotten Son Jesus Christ shed His precious blood on the cross at Calvary and died for my sins, and I am now willing to turn from my sin.
You said in Your Holy Word, Romans 10:9 that if we confess the Lord our God and believe in our hearts that God raised Jesus from the dead, we shall be saved.
Right now I confess Jesus as the Lord of my soul. With my heart, I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead. This very moment I accept Jesus Christ as my own personal Savior and according to His Word, right now I am saved.
Thank you Jesus for your unlimited grace which has saved me from my sins. I thank you Jesus that your grace never leads to license, but rather it always leads to repentance. Therefore Lord Jesus transform my life so that I may bring glory and honor to you alone and not to myself.
Thank you Jesus for dying for me and giving me eternal life.
Amen.

**reference: Sinner’s Prayer