Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Writing Update Post Marfa

I don't have much to say - just that I'm so excited!!!  I'm well into chapter two, and I still like what I'm writing.  Thank God for an outline!!!  Seriously.  This is a new thing for me.  Normally I just write free-flow, letting whatever come out that's going to come out.  Well, I'm notorious for starting and not finishing.  After doing a lot of research on other writers and their processes, I figured out that I need to know the end before I start the beginning.  I need to know where I'm going with my story.  So, I spent most of last weekend on the outline.  And now the writing is so much easier!  It's flowing like crazy.  YEE-HAW!

Because I'm linking up with Soli Deo Gloria today, and because I believe it's true, I'll make a spiritual parallel. 

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith...."  Hebrews 12:2

It's so much easier to know which way to turn at a crossroads when we have the end destination in mind (GPS anyone?).  It's so much easier to know how to respond in the daily when we have eternity on our hearts (should I really yell at that guy on the road in a moment of road rage, or should I take a deep breath and ask God to bless him, knowing I need God's grace just as much as he does?).  It's so much easier to "love for the day is near" when we remember how much we are loved.

I know this sounds cheesy, but I want Jesus to be the backbone of my story.  I want Him to infuse every part of my outline, guiding and directing my story as it winds its way toward completion.  My goal and my method, let it be.

So, today, let us fix our eyes on Jesus.  Let us let Him infuse every part of our lives - the daily minutia and the big picture, meta narrative, end goal stuff.

Love to all and thank you SO MUCH for your prayers!


  1. Somehow, too, knowing how it ends gives me peace in the waiting.

  2. Oh what a story our lives will be if God is our backbone throughout our days!

    I, too, have to have an outline before I begin--although I write nonfiction. Keeps me from putting too much in my chapters when I know there is a place for it later.

  3. "It's so much easier to know which way to turn at a crossroads when we have the end destination in mind." So true!

    Congrats on being into chapter 2. Very big deal!

  4. I have been thanking God all day today for allowing me to share my story because it's really all about Him. Amen

  5. Jenny--

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and blessing me with your words. So glad I've found a new sister!

    And how exciting that you're writing this story that God has given you. Keep writing. I too am working on my very first ms. It's an exciting and terrifying journey, but I love it.

    Many blessings to you!

  6. Not cheesy at all! Wise!
    May you be blessed in the process and crossing the finish line!
    love & grace,