I've heard that question more than once and I've given it quite a bit of thought.
Could I not write another blog post? I suppose.
Could I not write another poem? Most likely.
Could I not write those novels that are bee-bopping around in my head? Without a doubt.
But could I set aside writing all together? Now that's another story.
I didn't set out to co-author a memoir and yet that's how God led. It was my honour to help Deb Willows tell her story. And much to our surprise, it was shortlisted for this year's The Word Awards. That announcement struck me as surreal actually. (You can purchase Living Beyond My Circumstances from Castle Quay Books and other online and physical bookstores.)
A number of month ago Ron Hughes contacted me to know if I knew of anyone who might be interested in contributing to HopeStreamRadio. As is typical, I jumped in with both feet. This daily podcast seemed the perfect place to share a series of devotionals based on the gospel of John, which I titled "If You Love Me . . ."
When I completed this series, I asked Ron what he thought I should write about next. I am currently working on "Family Life Lessons," using both Old and New Testament passages for inspiration.
I also upload two book reviews each month.
Did I have previous experience in devotional writing? Only a little.
Did I have previous broadcasting experience? None.
Is this a door God opened for me? I have no doubt. In fact, it is one of those things I just know He wants me to do.
Both of these opportunities plus the opportunity to co-teach the Creative Nonfiction Intensive at Write Canada this month made me feel like this . . .
Not very spiritual, huh? (grin)
Do I believe, from past and present experiences, that God has called me to write? Absolutely.
Therefore, could I not write? As long as I feel it is what God would have me do, the answer must be a resounding NO!
How about you? Could you not write? Why or why not?