Monday, February 11, 2008

The Writing Seasons of Life

“Live each season as it passes; breathe the air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each.” Henry David Thoreau

Organizing Your Writing Life

Pursuing the writing life is different in each season of life. As a newly-singled parent, it took the form of angrily screaming on paper—trying to make sense of change. As I healed, my writing evaluated misconceptions promoted by non-solo parenting ‘experts’ whose authoritative voices left me feeling helpless and hopeless.

Writing with Purpose

Without the benefit of court-ordered child support, I worked two or three jobs to barely survive. One freelance writing job encouraged others who found themselves facing the same dilemmas that I did. It included researching, interviewing, editing, and writing for Single Adult Ministry Journal. My life and writing found purpose—to encourage others.

When my primary job did not include writing, my soul shriveled. During those dark days of the soul, my spirit struggled to survive—not because being a solo parent is so very, very hard, but mainly because my life drains away when I cannot write.

The Joy of Writing

When I write, time flies. Hurts disappear. Writing heals, nourishes, and energizes me. I am so grateful that I have finally found a way to focus on expressing the passions God placed in my heart—without interruption.

What about you? What season are you breathing, drinking, and tasting in your writing life?

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