“All writers find themselves – at some point – in the desert. A place where they feel isolated. Burnt out. Disheartened. Fearful.” —Allen Arnold
Was last year’s writing experience less outstanding than you hoped? Possibly, you’re working as if you’re an orphan—not so much alone—but as an orphan. I’ll expand on this.
I listened to Allen Arnold’s CDs, “God’s Disruptive Invitation into Creative Intimacy.”
Here are points Arnold made that changed how I approach writing:
- Like many, I thought my writing was a noble quest because I wrote for God. I believe God called me to write, but now I realize He called me to write with Him, not for Him.
- God calls me into a relationship with Him. What I do grows first from my relationship with Him and then from the writing gifts and desires He’s given me.
- I asked myself: Why do I throw up a prayer for God to help me write for Him and then proceed to create on my own. Like I’m an orphan.
- Then I asked myself: Am I more about production than relationship, i.e. more about word count than seeking God’s lead?
- Finally, I asked myself: Why would I want to create on my own like I’m an orphan, when I can work side by side with the Creator of all things?
When I seek my Co-Author constantly, I receive more direction from Him than when I throw up prayers and then work like an orphan.
How exciting to work with the Co-Author who created peacocks, mountains, and sunshine.
Create WITH the Creator of hippos, instead of creating FOR Him. Click to tweet.
How have you worked with God on a project?