Hold Your Writing With an Open Hand

This week, the mom in me has had to take over the writer in me. And isn't that how it should be?

Sunday morning my toddler came down with a fever and proceeded to get worse. He had all the symptoms of the flu by Monday. Monday and into Tuesday morning, he didn't want me to leave his side, and in many cases just wanted to be held--even while he slept.

Hosting Thanksgiving in our home had to be canceled and my house is currently in a position where a tornado has run through it and didn't miss a room.

Where does writing fit in on days like these?

Writing still exists in the busy days of mothering, it simply takes a different form.

Maybe you only have time to jot down a few ideas that you don't want to forget. Perhaps opening up a journal and writing unedited is all you find time for.

Experiencing life is what helps us write our stories. It's what fills our words with emotion and depth. When we write from the core of what we know and who we are, this is where we find our voice.

You may write about a similar experience but no one can write it in your voice, and different people will grasp it best through your voice.

Being a writer and being disciplined to write everyday doesn't necessarily mean you need to publish everyday. Just write. It also doesn't mean that you cannot take time off when necessary. The goal is to pick it back up again as soon as you're able. Don't let too much time go by because you don't want writing to become a distant passion.

In order to keep it alive, you have to keep your hand open to its possibilities.

How do we do that?

We are careful not to snuff out the life of our writing by hiding the spark that gives it its flame.

Living life.

Our lives must be lived so that we can write with passion.

Don't close your hand so tight around your writing that you have to force out its life just so you can publish it. Keep it open to life's possibilities and God's direction.

Keeping it too close can actually kill it. How do we keep it close and keep tightened grip on it? By stressing when we haven't had a chance to sit down to write because life happens. Or worse, ignoring the real needs of living life to choke out words that just aren't ready to yet come out.

You don't need to write a piece everyday that publishes on your blog. People prefer quality over quantity. It's better to write one excellent piece per week, then 5 mediocre pieces.

In what ways have you tightened your grip on your writing?