So, I realize my previous blog post may have insinuated that I refuse to set goals for my writing in 2014. The truth is, I do have goals; what I refuse to do is invest a great deal of time outlining what they are and what steps I plan to take to achieve them, much as I admire those who do. Personally, I’d much rather jump in and start working toward them. Sort of how I write. I’m definitely more in the pantser camp (as opposed to the serious plotter camp), so I much prefer to actually write than to spend days or weeks outlining my novel to ensure that every necessary element is included in every sentence, paragraph, page and chapter. (Seriously, do you really think Shakespeare thought about all that stuff? Or Dickens? Or Jane Austen? Not that I am for a second putting myself in the same category as any of the above, but still…)
Now that all of that is cleared up, here is one goal I have for the year: I’d like to ask myself—and as many other writers as possible—two questions:
Why (on earth) do you write? And why do you feel such a need to have your words read (if you do)?
This week I will answer the first question: why do I write? The simple answer is that I write because I have to. Writing brings me more joy and fills me with greater exhilaration and energy than almost anything else I do in life. There is no greater feeling than knowing a thought actually made the long journey from my brain to the tips of my fingers and emerged in reasonably decent and somewhat recognizable shape. Sadly, this happens alarmingly rarely, but when it does, it makes all the frustration and angst well worth it, especially when a reader affirms the accomplishment by telling me that something I wrote actually had an impact on them.
First and foremost, though, I write because I believe it is what I am called to do, that God has given me the gift to somehow use to bring Him glory. There have been moments of discouragement when I seriously considered not writing anymore, but the heartache that thought caused reminded me that not using the gift I have been given comes with a heavy price. Based on a reading of I Peter 4:10, Dele Oke asserts that, “If you resist the urge that God is placing upon your heart to make full use of the gifts and calling He has given you, others will pay the price of not receiving that which you were given to bless them (The Living Word Library).
Which is reason enough for me.
Well that, and this:
Press on, my friends. Press on,