I love the writing community, Story Sessions! Women are taking up their brave on a daily basis, owning the beauty of brokenness, and sharing the story – healing words spilling from their souls. These words are beautiful. I met Jamie through StorySessions and as a part of Story 201. She has been a shoulder of calm and confidence. She has inspired me to keep pressing in to the business of finishing out my memoir.
I know you will be encouraged by her poetic words on pressing in to the Beauty of Now. And please take a listento her lovely, musical rendition.
There is a moment in life where we question everything. Doubts begin to rise. Our faith begins to falter. We wonder did we get it wrong. How is it possible for life to keep going but to feel fixed in time, stuck in the same place with no advancing movement? Maybe you’ve felt it too.
Perhaps it is the season. Emotions run high, low, and everywhere in between. We are faced with yet another ending. The year has run its course again. We are left holding on a flimsy, hole-poked bag of “all we had to give.” Life demands more. It keeps asking. It does not relent. We may even feel we have nothing left to offer.
I recently stumbled upon a not so new app called Voxer. It’s a walkie talkie app for smart phones. Well, let’s just say its worth the download. While I know it’s just an app, it poignantly reminded me of the power of hearing the human voice.
There is something magical to hearing a voice and matching it to a face that settles the heart and encourages the soul. Voice does so much for us. It calms, reminds, steadies, edifies, and connects.
I think of the psalmist and how often the refrain was “God heard” my voice. Well,The Lord heard my voice. We hear you. I hear you.
Writing can sometimes be a troubling process. You dig in and get it done some days. Other days, you may find yourself banging your head against a wall because the words won’t come. The words will come as you push through the “blank” wall. The words will come when you push through. Writing can bring discovery, perspective, challenge, and growth.
I grew accustomed to sharing ideas on the same topics for a while. It was safer that way, but safe doesn’t fuel creativity. Sometimes safe stifles the creative bent. What does one do when this happens?
I didn’t think I would ever write about the tough stuff of life, but that’s no longer true. Join me today over at The Story Unfolding where I answer the questions: how does one write when there’s an empty page staring you down? Can you write about the hidden things?
Perhaps, after you read, you’ll find the oomph you need to excavate your writing. You can do this! I know you can.
I’m over at The Story Unfolding with Elora Nicole today talking about how I found my writing voice. In this right-now-moment, I can tell you I am a writer. I own it with pride. There is no shame in it. There is no expectation to which I must reach. The call that I’ve been hearing is that I must be the real and authentic me – nothing more and nothing less.
I am on this writing-discovery-journey now and loving it. You could not have told me a year ago that I would have found myself in this creative space or that I would have taken on the arduous journey of writing a novel in 30 days. These things would not have been possible without my Story 101 family.
Today I want to share with you just a few writing insights I have learned along the story 101-way that continue to help me “own” my creative nature in a world brimming with noise.
Read more here, and share your story-writing journey. I’d love to hear it.
Thoughts on living by just being authentically you – that is the driving impulse of humanity…