Thursday, June 7, 2012

Initiate



Before I get to the challenge, it would only be right to include a Throwback Thursday post (which unfortunately, has not been every Thursday lately ... sorry). I found this particular post from the archives, Random Tangent, (written on February 25, 2011) to be especially appropriate and timely to share today. In it, I go on a tangent about my dream of being an author. It's amazing to look back and see that it's really always been my dream. I was so unwilling to claim that as my true passion. How interesting that, 14 months later, I'm pursuing it!

Declaring, Believing, and today, Initiating...

Okay. Day 3. I got up earlier. Of course, that's all relative because I don't wake up the same time everyday. But I tried. However, I must share with you all that I did not get to writing immediately. I need to grab some coffee and spend time with the Lord beforehand. Honestly, as I (slowly) got out of bed, I felt convicted. I should be more eager to wake up earlier to spend even more time with Jesus before I get all gung-ho about doing it for writing.

So that was the start of my morning. And it was blessed.
Then, afterwards, I got to writing...


Day 3. The challenge

Choose yourself. Stop jumping up and pleading, “Pick me, pick me, pick me!” and look yourself in the mirror and say: “You. I pick you.”

What’s something you’re questioning about yourself? For some, it will be the simple choice to actually call yourself a writer (but I hope we’ve overcome that by now).

For authors, it will be a seemingly more elusive term: “author.” And for others, it may be “novelist” or “best seller” or something else.

Here’s what I want you to do: Write down in some place secret, “I am a ____.” Do it and do it now. We’ll come to it later. For now, pull it out every day and read it. Yes, this is hokey, and yes, I want you to do it, anyway.

Then, I want you to start something you’re scared of. Maybe it’s a book, an article for a magazine, or something else. All I want you to do is begin. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about where to go from here.

My writing experience this AM was not exactly glorious. I'm not a morning person. NOT. AT. ALL. (Hence, all my late night posts). Even with a coffee and Jesus, it wasn't easy. Space cadet central. But I went at it and none of it was in vain. In fact, I actually spent more time writing than trying to figure out what to write. That probably sounds stupid but I can't even tell you how many hours have been eaten away by my staring at the screen trying to think of the perfect sentence. So the challenge to wake up and write was good. Not great but good. Tomorrow will be better.

Jeff Goins' last few sentences in today's post were comforting:

"Find a time when distractions are minimal, and write. Give yourself grace, but also hold yourself accountable. Remember: Every day is another chance to start again."

Yes and Amen.

You know what's funny? Grace and accountability are the norm (well, hopefully ... at the very least, the standard) for other areas of life as a believer. How come writing has been the exception?
Well, not anymore.


I've said this already in the Great Writers Series but I truly believe it is God-ordained for me personally. So far everything has been something that He has been preparing me for in some way. I am grateful for this challenge. It's helping me to gain momentum.

After all...

I am a writer.

The time is now.



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