Spring is here and with it the battle between two hobbies. I love working outdoors. During the spring and summer I spend hours and hours working on my yard and garden. Usually that means that writing is put away on a shelf waiting for the day when the rain returns and the cold sets in. This year I don’t want to set my writing aside. I want to continue to imagine and write. I will try and balance both hobbies better this year and see if I have the strength to pull myself inside every now and again to let my mind venture into worlds and troubles unknown.
This is one of my all time favorite quotes—
“The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. No matter our talents, education, backgrounds, or abilities, we each have an inherent wish to create something that did not exist before.
Everyone can create. You don’t need money, position, or influence in order to create something of substance or beauty.
Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty—and I am not talking about the process of cleaning the rooms of your teenage children.
You might say, “I’m not the creative type. When I sing, I’m always half a tone above or below the note. I cannot draw a line without a ruler. And the only practical use for my homemade bread is as a paperweight or as a doorstop.”
If that is how you feel, think again, and remember that you are spirit daughters of the most creative Being in the universe. Isn’t it remarkable to think that your very spirits are fashioned by an endlessly creative and eternally compassionate God? Think about it—your spirit body is a masterpiece, created with a beauty, function, and capacity beyond imagination.”
–PRESIDENT DIETER F. UCHTDORF
One of the young members of our writers group brought up the idea of a mid month write-in. This is in addition to our monthly meeting in which we critique and review each others work. We are very excited about it. Each member takes a turn each month. That way everyone has a chance to pick the time, date and venue that best fits their interest. Then as many as can try and make it. We are hoping this will be a great success and encourage us even more to continue in writing endeavors.
I have found that there are many different ways that people can help you in achieving your goals in writing. Recently my sister and I decided we would support each other in our unique talents. She loves art but criticizes herself and her art projects the same way I do my writing. So she decided she would be my writing partner.
I have been amazed at what a difference someone else can make. Every day she sends me a quote, joke, inspiration or advice that she found on line. She does not write novels but has been invaluable to me as I wake up every morning with her message waiting for me. Since she started doing this I have written twice as often as I used too. It’s been great.
I would suggest finding someone that can help encourage you to write on a daily basis. It can make all the difference.
Writing is the pondering of the soul. Every soul is beautiful in its unique abilities and talents. I think writing is one way the soul yearns to express itself. There are so many different kinds of writers. My mom can write expressions of love that are beautiful. Mine always come out tacky and boring. My sister can write the things that she feels. I always struggle putting feelings into words. My son can write poems that combine words and images in a way that make you think long after you’ve finished reading it.
Then theirs me. I like to write stories. Most of the time they are heart wrenching stories of struggle. I love to write stories were their are heroes. Heroes over their own lives and circumstances. This brings great joy to me. It is the way my soul has learned to express itself.
I continue to be amazed at the talents God has given each of us. The women that drew the art for my book cover did an amazing job. It was such a miracle to me that I could describe an image in my mind and she could make it appear for all to see. Amazing. I am so grateful for the different talents we each have. It makes me smile. I love to see the art my son can draw, the dance moves one of my other sons creates. The poems that dance around in another sons head. The different views of the world that each of my children have. I am grateful to be alive to experience it all.
I have a weakness. When I see talents and gifts in others that are similar to my own I tend to value mine less. For example, when I was young my mother said I had a talent for drawing. She even signed me up for a drawing class. I loved it! Then one day in middle school I saw a girl drawing and immediatly recognized that her skills surpassed my own. I then concluded that I had been lied to and didn’t actually have a talent in drawing after all. The sad part to that story is I stopped drawing. Now 25 years later I truly have lost the talent.
Sadly I still struggle with this. The more people I meet that are writers the more I assume I’m not very good or think that I should quit because I wouldn’t be able to compete anyway.
Well I learned something this weekend. It doesn’t matter how many people share my talents or how many are better at it then me. What matters is I do my best to improve the talent given to me and share it with as many as are interested. Whether that is 0 or a thousand.
Most people in the world have legs and most people can walk. But I don’t value my legs less because so many people have the same ability. Rather I am grateful that I have that ability and strive to use them and keep them strong.
I plan on looking at things a little differently from here on out. I will celebrate the fact that so many are able to share their souls in writing. Go Writers!!
I didn’t write this week because I took a moment to enjoy the beauty that we rarely get here. We had four days of fun in the snow. Those are moments that just can’t be replaced. Plus any form of writing is still practice. So I’ve decided that my journal writing, letter writing, blog writing and any other form of writing should count for something.
Back to writing in my novel tomorrow.