I have often heard Christian writers speak of a call to write. However, for some the call is not answered or left unfulfilled because of not knowing where to begin. So, I ask you these questions…
Are you called to write? If so, where is your beginning? Have you started and are asking yourself, now what?
A lot can be learned from scripture about fresh starts. God knows all about square one, or the empty slate that remains before eyes that long to see something amazing take place– something that mirrors the inner heart’s cry.
Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God…” . Like you, dear writer, God started His creative time somewhere. Where do you want to begin? When will you decided to start? Ask yourself, “Where is my beginning?” And more importantly, where does my beginning end?
Stephen Covey shared that the most successful beginnings start with the end in mind. But what if you only know that you have a feeling to write and the end is still unclear? What then?
The process of creation is never an easy path to take. In fact, process is messy. Genesis 1:2 shares how even when the earth began to take shape and enter into existence out of the heart of God, it too was formless and empty…even dark.
Does that sound a lot like you when you first try to write? I know that it has happened to me. I am learning to take encouragement from God on how to navigate the process and just begin.
Write that initial idea down. If it’s a shapeless sentence made up of words without any coherency, that’s okay. God shows us that shape and form require intimacy with time and process.
Remember He “hovered” over the earth, and explored it’s form before He brought it to light. Like the beginning of God’s quest for intimacy with mankind, your writing springs from a deep desire to be known and to know. This longing comes from the soul of every human being, and it needs nurturing to form.
Stay close to your work. Hover over it a while. Leave it, and return to it with fresh eyes. Meanwhile, draw closer to God. Pray about the fact that you can’t see anything come from you that makes sense, or honors Him. Share your fears, but whatever you do, don’t let the process or fear of the unknown deter you from the task. In time, your moment of divine inspiration will come with clarity and purpose. In the end, the experience will give even more meaning to the phrase, “And let there be light.”
Helping you to answer the call to write that is set before you,
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