The typical answers that come to mind are:
- Read books (Good books inspire; Poorly written books instruct)
- Go for a walk in nature (This revives our spirits, gets the blood pumping, and helps us think more clearly.)
- Keep a writing notebook (Throughout our days we see, hear, and experience things which will be helpful in our writing. Capture ideas before they evaporate: a quote, a description of a scene, how someone looks/acts, a topic that captures the imagination.)
- Take time periodically to write down everything that comes to mind (This is called a brain dump. You'll find that you are able to both record what you're thinking about and make more space for new ideas.)
Lately God has been challenging me to take more risks with my writing.
I don't like risks!
I like to be in control. I like to feel safe. I like other people to like me. I like congratulations and awards.
I don't like to make mistakes. I don't like to do things when I'm not sure of the outcome. I don't like to be wrong. I don't like to be corrected.
Simply put - I'm proud. I'm sinful. I'm selfish.
God wants me to be obedient. To follow Him into the unknown. To put aside my selfish desires. To reach out to people I may not understand or naturally love.
What does this mean for my writing?
- Taking every opportunity God brings my way
- Trying new topics
- Learning new things
- Being transparent
Sometimes I feel like I'm jumping off a cliff, but my feet are probably still planted on firm ground. I have a long ways to go! But I'm taking the first step - saying, "Yes, Lord."
Just imagine what God could do if we all gave Him complete control!
Anybody want to go cliff jumping with me?