Friday, September 4, 2015

Writer Problem (& the quote.)


This afternoon I was sitting on the front porch eating chips & salsa and watching the clouds in the distance (hopefully they're rain clouds). I was sorting through my inbox, a million things running through my brain. 

I need to respond to her email...
I need to read that story...
I need to comment on that blog post...
I need to write the next part of "Being Little Sister"...
I need to work on the story for next weeks special post...

And then I thought, "why am I getting so flustered because of this? Why am I letting all these things bog me down and interfer?" Yes, this stuff is important, but it's not that important. It's things that I need to do, but not that I have to do. 
My next thought was, "what do I want to do?" I'll tell you. I want to sit on the porch (with my chips & salsa, nonetheless!) and write whatever is own my heart, instead of what I feel like I need to write. I want to not worry about all these things. I want to enjoy writing and not allow it to become something I shove aside with dread because I feel like I have to do it.  

                                          (from Pinterest.) 

Don't get me wrong. I am going to reply to the email, read the story(s), comment on the post, write the next part, and work on the special post. It just may not happen today. :) 

So, what about you? 
Do you ever experience these feelings? 
Have you ever felt like writing isn't fun anymore? Or that you're pressuring yourself too much? 
What do you do about it when those things happen? 
Leave a comment and let me know! I'd love to hear. =) 

For those of y'all who are just dying to know, the quote hidden in Wednesday's 'What I Saw' is: 

Aaron clasped tighter the girlish hand that wore his ring. 

In the book it actually says: Gilbert laughed and clasped tighter the girlish hand that wore his ring. 
If any of you want to look it up, you can find it in "Anne's House of Dreams" at the end of chapter 3. 

Thanks for listening to my writer ramblings! 


  1. I love this post!! This happened to me the other night. I was looking at my laptop and thinking of all the things I needed to get done. But then I was like "Who said I needed to do it?" The thought startled me and I was like "Well, no one. I told myself I had to do it." So instead of spending the hour replying to emails and writing, I got a glass of my favorite sweet iced tea and sat down and watched a movie that I'd been wanting to watch for a while. And you know what? All my projects were still there for me to work on the next day! And I had so much more fun working on them because I wasn't forcing myself anymore. If I couldn't write, that was fine. My story was still there waiting for me when I came back. ;)
    Oh, yes! It's been years since I read the Anne books. . .reading the quote makes me want to read them all over again! :)

    1. Just to clarify, I don't watch a movie every time I feel overwhelmed! There have been many times I've read a book or a chapter from the Bible. Just something to get my mind off all the things I "have" to do.

    2. Good for you, Jesseca! :) Sometimes that's what we need to do; walk away from everything and do it when we WANT to. It's so much more enjoyable.
      I just love Anne-girl. :-) I haven't read all the books yet...maybe that will happen soon. Only when I want to, though! LOL.
      Thanks for commenting!

  2. The moment is what matters once it's gone it's gone!! So slow down and enjoy it if if there are 100 things you need to do!! Sometimes this is when Jesus wants you to see something as He does and if your running around ( in your mind or literally ) like a chicken with its head cut off you will miss it! Take it from someone with 40+ years experience. Live each moment to the fullest sometimes means quietly and thoughtfully! Love you

    1. Quietly? At this house! Thoughtfully, that's always me. Quietly...I don't know. ;) (Nice comparison, by the way.)
      Thanks for the advice, Mrs. Potts! LOL. Love you, too. :)

  3. Yes, this is definitely a problem that I struggle with! (e.g. being consistent in blog posts, which I haven't been!)

    For some reason, I thought I was the only one with this problem! :) Thank you for sharing, Faith!

    1. Trust me, you're NOT the only one who struggles with this problem! Yes, that can be a challenge at times. :)
      Thanks for commenting, Blessing!

  4. This is what I needed to read this morning. As I'm getting ready for work I'm thinking in my mind about all the emails/blog posts/stories I need to read/edit/reply to, and thinking, "Gosh, I'm such a bad friend. I have all these friends I want to encourage and help out and I'm not doing a good job."
    The truth is the world will keep spinning without me, and I will get to those things but I need to take a deep breath and rest assured it's not the end of the world and everyone doesn't need me to help them/encourage them to keep on going, though encouragement is important, too. I guess in a way I think too highly of myself and think if I don't tell someone something they'll be offended I didn't respond or read their story or what not. ;) I will do all these things, but it's okay to take a break and breather and write some of my stuff. (Though self control is important, too. Like that book in the back of my desk that's been waiting to be edited since May... ;D) Thanks for writing this post, I really enjoyed it and it definitely lifted my spirits as I head off to work. :)

    1. I'm glad this post helped you, Emily. :) And you're NOT a bad friend. I'm sure no one thinks that of you, either. ;)
      Encouragement, and that book that needs editing are important things, but living everyday for itself is important too. :)

      Thanks for commenting! :D

  5. It has to be something about us pastor's kids...I FEEL THIS WAY ALLLL THE TIME!!! And I'm with Emily, this is constantly on my mind and I try to take it captive and sometimes succeed....! LOL.

    1. *sigh* Yes, preacher's kids. B-) Don't let it overwhelm you. Conquer it! lol. :)
      Thanks for commenting! ;D