Dealing With Writer’s Block


dealing_with_writers_block

As long as I can remember writing has been a positive outlet for me. I’ve written poetry, short stories, and a book. I write for my job. But I’ve been dealing with writer’s block for a while now. I want to blog and work on my next project but can’t seem to find any words, much less put the pen to paper. My prayer life is also becoming stagnant and often redundant. Have you ever experienced the same situation?

I ran across the solution. Some time ago I wrote a list of 50 prayer starters – conversations to have with God. It’s just a list of subjects to talk to God about. My hope is that reading and praying about a few of these topics will jump-start your creative writing. Journaling your thoughts about any of these prayer topics will lead to ideas you can blog about later. Here is that list.

  1. I am sharing the light and love of God with others.
  2. I trust God.
  3. I believe God speaks to me.
  4. How often have I been moved by faith stories but never tried to grow in my own faith?
  5. How can God use me?
  6. Am I prideful?
  7. What three biblical characters would I like to have lunch with and why?
  8. What would I ask them?
  9. My favorite verse in the Bible is __________ because _________.
  10. Do acquaintances know I am a Christian?
  11. When have I been the closest to God?
  12. When does God seem most distant?
  13. These are the miracles God has performed in my life.
  14. What changes am I willing to make to grow spiritually?
  15. How big is my God?
  16. How often do I pray?
  17. How often do I read Scripture?
  18. What impact does Scripture have on me? Does it change me?
  19. What biblical miracle speaks to me the most? Why?
  20. My favorite Bible story is __________ because ___________.
  21. What is the quality of my prayer life?
  22. What is my self-talk like?
  23. Do I honor the Sabbath?
  24. Do I break any of God’s commandments frequently?
  25. Are there idols in my life?
  26. I ask God for His wisdom.
  27. Am I thankful? Does my life show gratitude?
  28. Do I need to ask for forgiveness?
  29. Do I need to forgive others?
  30. Have I forgiven myself?
  31. Do I express love and compassion?
  32. Do I tell people how to improve? Why do I do this?
  33. Do I ask for feedback for self-improvement?
  34. Do I seek godly counsel?
  35. Do I treat my body like the temple of the Lord?
  36. What do I value?
  37. Do I tithe?
  38. Do I volunteer regularly at church or for missions to serve others in God’s name?
  39. What five blessings am I most grateful for and why?
  40. Am I now, or have I ever been, in spiritual darkness?
  41. Have I ever passed on my faith to my children?
  42. Have I ever shared Christ with anyone outside my family?
  43. I go to church because I want to, not out of a sense of duty.
  44. If faith was taken out of my life tomorrow morning, how would my life be different? Would anyone know?
  45. If I suddenly found myself in a country where I was unable to practice my faith how would I respond?
  46. How can I be certain my faith is growing? Can faith be measured?
  47. I imagine the second coming of Christ to be ___________.
  48. How has my walk with God grown in the past year?
  49. The past five years?
  50. I want God to change me in this key area:

As I prepared this post I found several websites with lists of writing prompts. If you are dealing with writer’s block, consider looking at some of these suggestions. I look forward to reading your posts.

Psalm 45: 1      My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

 May the Lord richly bless you as you share your faith with others.

Scripture: http://www.biblegateway.com

Image: http://www.googleimages.com

Advertisements

Inspiration


inspiration_sign

 

What is inspiration?

It is the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something creative (Google search).

So where does the stimulation come from? There are many, many muses: music, books, poetry, and thousands of spots in nature.

 

How about God as your inspiration?

 

Some mornings I have no idea what I’m going to write about when I first sit down at the computer. Generally, that’s a scary thought for a writer. Over the last several months, I have learned not to worry about it too much. I’m counting on inspiration from God, and He never fails to give me some idea to write about.

My biggest inspiration didn’t start out that way however – or at least I didn’t see it as inspiration at the time. It started out as restlessness.  I didn’t realize God had planted a dream in my heart, so for a while I was wondering why I had a head full of interesting, and seemingly disconnected thoughts.  

I had to learn to quiet my soul and be still. If you want inspiration from God, you have to learn to be still and listen to God.

Psalm 46:10
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Once I learned to be quiet and began to listen, the inspiration began to flow. I had so many ideas.  Thoughts and Scripture references were coming to me so quickly; I couldn’t type fast enough to keep up with the flow of ideas.

Through God’s inspiration, He took me on an incredible journey. I think He wants to do that for each of us. Our Lord has created each one of us to do something unique. There is something only you can do.

Ephesians 2:10

For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.

 

Are you going to be still and let God inspire you?

 

 

Scripture: BibleGateway.com (NIV)

Image: Google Images

PLAYING WITH WORDS


Image

PLAYING WITH WORDS

I heard from my publisher yesterday. My carefully selected title is apparently rather dull. As you fellow bloggers understand, I’m quite disappointed. (Maybe the publisher is wrong??)

So I’ll spend the next few hours combing through the manuscript looking for a new title. I’ll rummage through the dictionary and thesaurus, gathering possible words. Then I’ll take those lists and type out several options. Then I’ll retype, cut, paste, rename and save. I’ll read and re-read my options and run them by my husband. Maybe a reader will offer up a suggestion. I’ll take a break for coffee and start the process again, doing what I love to do.

Hopefully, before the weekend is over, a new title will emerge. The new title will be just a few words, but words that convey the image of God’s eternal light and love.