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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

So much to write little time!

I don't know about the rest of you, but since I started writing this blog, I seem to have blog topics running through my head constantly.  Ideally, it would be great to sit down right then and get my thoughts all out on "paper".  But, life gets in the way and as a result, I have posted notes and lists to myself in at least three rooms of the house in an effort to remind myself that I had a thought and wanted to write about it.  Does anyone else do this?

As a teenager, I journaled about everything - friends, boyfriend, parents, clothes, band, choir, speech team, people who had treated me horribly that day, feelings, get the picture.  When I look back on those pages, I see glimpses of the writer I was struggling to become even then (and didn't know it).  Even in college I continued to write in my journal, but after I graduated and got my first job, I quit writing in my journal and seemed to drop all that was important to me to chase after empty pursuits.  Sad, but true.  Although, the lessons I learned during those few years are still etched in my brain and heart, so perhaps it was better I didn't journal about them.

Ok, fast forward to roughly present day.  About 2 1/2 years ago, I began ghostwriting and fell in love with writing all over again.  Who thought I'd ever actually tackle a blog?  Not me!  But, I find that the thoughts going through my mind are ones I want to share (well, most of them) and ones I would pray would encourage and inspire others.  Isn't that what all writers desire to do?  Words - the written ones and the spoken ones - have been a blessing to me in my life for years now.

Just yesterday, a dear friend of mine called me and we were able to catch up a bit.  Cathy and I have been friends since 7th grade!  She is an absolutely amazing lady who loves the Lord and her family.  I am blessed more than I can express by her friendship.  She has this amazing laugh that makes me want to laugh.  She has broken into spontaneous prayer with me when she feels the Holy Spirit leading her to pray for me.  I am humbled and blessed by her!  As kids, we would write to each other over the summer because we didn't see each other that much during those months.  I'm talking epistles!  Not just a short, "hi, how are you?", but pages and pages about this, that, and the other thing, but mostly about our boyfriends and how life was going at the time.  Cathy's letters in the mailbox were like getting a gift!  I loved seeing her beautiful handwriting on the envelope.  Those letters helped us stay connected.  Words - a blessing to me and a "language" I understand with all my heart.

The Lord is so good to me!  He sent to me a husband who loves to me.  I love that.  We talk, talk and talk some more.  Not everyday, not all the time, but we share our hearts as often as possible.  He "gets" me like no one else and I believe it's because he is willing to listen to me with not only his ears, but with his heart as well.  My Jeff is my very best friend.  He is my confidant and so much more.  Thank you Lord!

Words, both written and spoken, have been a blessing to me.  Yes, they can be hurtful too, but I prefer to focus on the good, at least for today.

Do you as a writer have difficulty getting all of your thoughts down on paper?

Are there times you find that are better for writing than other times?  Morning, evening, afternoon, etc.

Do you use paper and pen or the computer for even the drafts?

Can you remember a time when the thoughts were flowing and you actually had the time to write and then felt fabulous afterward?

I would love to hear your thoughts on this topic!  I am not sure yet how to do a link party, but until then, I'd love to hear your comments.

All my best to you today,


Michelle said...

I seem to get ideas all at the wrong times-like when I am suppose to be gearing up for home school in the morning!

Also, I am more of a pen and paper girl for drafts. I don't know why but I seem to think better!

Great post!

Lynda Young said...

Oh my goodness you just described me! When I was younger I always wrote a journal. I have lots of blog idea and they are written all over the place.

Sometimes I use the computer and sometimes I hand write my first drafts. I usually start with the computer but if I start getting too distracted with editing, or twitter, or email or whatever, then I get back to hand writing so I can stay a bit more focussed.

Susan said...

Hello Michelle and Lynda,
Oh how I wish I could use pencil and paper again! Carpal tunnel prevents me from writing anything legible past the size of a thank you note most days.

Thank you for stopping by! Good to hear I'm not alone in this. :)

Rachel said...

:) I love that you use post it's with your ideas! haha

(busy genious, you!)

I just sit down and go with whatever....
I love pictures though and my camera never leaves my side...
just in case.

Susan said...

Hi Rachel!
Ah, not so sure about the genius part! :)

Yes, photos - also a passion of mine, but I never seem to have time to do it. Ah well, it's all good!

Great to see you!

tribalmama said...

I absolutely love words, spoken or written...I do not discriminate. :)
I write in a dairy, yes still. I use to write quotes,stories,poems and sometimes I would write to practice a different way of writing (does that make sense?).
Other than the occasional hand written letter to a friend, I prefer today to use the computer. I like spellcheck and not having to erase. I adore the lookup feature in Microsoft Office Word to find synonyms. I enjoy the internet in that I can type in a word and instantly get the definition.
I truly believe there is power in word spoken or written.


I can tell you love to write by your posts. They are welcoming, warm, and I can feel your joy!

Susan said...

Aww, thank you tribalmama for your kind words! I love that you still write letters to friends by hand. We still send thank you notes written by hand. :)

Yes, there is power in the written and spoken word. Love that!