Pausing in the Moment: Faith for Creatives

 Now in the morning, having risen a long while before daylight, He (Jesus) went out and departed to a solitary place; and there He prayed. ~MARK 1:35

Our Savior and God, Jesus Christ, did not just come to the world to save us from our sins, but He also came to give us life to the fullest, and in so doing, be our example for how to live our best life.

As our example, He shows us how to be in the ‘moment’ with others, to be available to their needs, to do our work in delight, but He also shows us when to pause…and to surrender our hearts to Him in quiet seclusion, just as He did with the Father.

Whenever our Savior did this, even with great multitudes at His heels, He was able to return to them empowered, enriched, and able to give of Himself.

Being Creatives, we often struggle with the idea of being still especially when we want to keep going. But we have to realize that ‘burnout’ is real and when there is no rest we forfeit the option of being our very best.

Remember to take the time in your schedule, in your doing, to rest, to pause and allow your mind and spirit to be renewed so that the Father can fill you with greatness for your next step and level.

If the God of all creation made time to be still, then we should joyously, and guiltlessly follow His loving lead!

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

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A Heart Filled: Faith for Creatives

You have filled my heart with great joy…” ~PSALM 4:7

To put our trusting faith in the Lord, not only for salvation but as an act of creative worship, is not only one of the greatest gifts we can give to ourselves but it is a great gift that we can give to our Heavenly Father.

Creative worship is the greatest way to say, “Father, I trust you with who I am in you, and the plan you have authored for me.”

Faith is the root of our covenant with Him. Faith is what creates in us clean hearts and blesses us to be His righteousness (2 CORINTHIANS 5:21).

Faith is what makes us a blessing to our Lord Jesus Christ, and it is faith that so pleases His heart.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. ~HEBREWS 11:6

Psalm 4 beautifully highlights the dance between our trusting in the Lord, and how it brings the greatest delight to our own hearts and His.

Verses three and seven capture the essence of it like this, “But know that the Lord has set apart for Himself him who is godly; The Lord will hear when I call to Him…You have put gladness in my heart, More than in the season that their grain and wine increased.

When we are confident in the Lord, when we rest in our faith, we are blessed with such an exceeding joy that it shines through the thickest darkness and outweighs any material gain or fulfilled need we could have.

Being a creative is faith in action. Resting in confidence that He is with you and hears you, delights Him and fills you. I can’t say it enough! And when your heart is full, you are able to overflow with joyful creativity.

Are you resting in faith that He is with you as you go along life and your creative journey? If not, there is no greater day than today to begin.

(READ PSALM 4)

~Poiema, Poetry in Motion

Writing When Word Weary: Why You shouldn’t Do It

*This is a revised posting from January 26, 2015

You ever have that moment where you have been working on your novel all day, and the writing is so good that it has completely eaten up the reality around you? You are literally in your book.

Being word weary is when you have all of the meat of the story ready to be devoured, but no teeth to chew it.

Ideas are coming at you faster than bullets from a gun, the story is kicking, the plot is thickening…your eyes…your eyes are getting more tired by the minute, No! second. You are hitting the wrong keys left and right, slowing down your once brilliant pace.

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You are Word Weary. ( I totally made up this phrase up…Just go with it.)

First, what is Word Weary? It is when your imagination is going 200mph, but your brain and cognitive skills are going 5mph and slowing with each key stroke.

You are thinking one thing and typing something else. It’s a mess.

Being word weary is when you have all of the meat of the story ready to be devoured, but no teeth to chew it.

Your body is awake and hyped up on adrenaline but your eyes have tapped out.

It simply means you are tired. It’s okay to be tired and even more so to rest. It is better to rest than run on fumes. The worst things happen when we write on fumes.

WHY SHOULDN’T WE WRITE WHEN WORD WEARY?:

When you are weary, anxiety kicks in, and with anxiety that beast called ‘Frustration’, that tells you to rush everything just to get it out.

What should have been detailed, fantastic scenes, full of punch and climactic power, end up confused, stuttered, and limp like cold spaghetti noodles.

All that fire of your creativity will get quenched by exhaustion and confusion will rob you of your train of thought.

When you read that section of writing later, you will think of it as junk, lose interest in what should have been a great nugget of creative work.

What could have been a great idea for later, has now turned to dust and fallen through the crevices of your keyboard.

WHY DID THIS HAPPEN?:

Your imagination was no longer flowing smoothly with the rest of your  skills and everything became a frustrated blur.

But you just HAD to write a few more words, right? WRONG!

SO WHAT DO YOU DO IN THESE MOMENTS?:

Some people get a caffeine fix, but even that will buy you only so much concentration time.

There is  a saying in visual art that is, “Know when to cut off your own hand.” The phrase is referring to knowing when a piece is finished before you take it from great to ruined with one stroke, and to a point of no return.

As writers, we need to know when to “cut off our own hands” or at least bind them for a time especially when we are WORD WEARY.

When we feel our eyes growing heavy from looking at a computer screen for hours, we should give ourselves a break:

  • Jot down our ideas and come back to them later.
  • Write them (type them) like you would a quick synopsis.
  • Record them with a voice recorder just as if you were writing the scene out by hand, and then type it later. There are so many options.

FOR THE FUTURE:

If you are not already in the habit of doing so, plan blocks of time to write. This will help keep you from becoming frustrated with Word Weariness.

  • Try to write at least 1 hour a day to no more than 3 hours per session if you choose to have more than one writing session a day.

I am still working out the kinks with this, but I know it is successful because I used this system two three years in a row for NaNoWriMo, and was able to have more than 50,000 viable words before the end of 30 days.  It also kept me from wearing myself out.

Now I am allotting at least 1.5 hours a day to Ascension Graveyard during the day, with 1.5+ hours in the evening for editing and revising other works. 

Writing, being creative is an organic, asymmetrical expression, that although free flowing, still needs to be tamed. It’s wise to catch it when it sparks, but just like a fire that is left uncontrolled, it will burn you out when it was only meant to warm you.

DO YOU HAVE ANY SUGGESTIONS? WHAT DO YOU DO TO KEEP FOR BECOMING WORD WEARY?

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~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

 

Taking a Rest for Celebrations! And Other Things

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Hello, shiny, happy, people! I just wanted to let you know that I will be taking a break from blogging this week. 

Why? Well apart from it being Independence Day week here in the States, it is also my Birthday week! (Happy dance.) So I will be away, eating cake, watching fireworks and just celebrating.

In other news: The blog will return to its semi-regular posting schedule, Wednesday, July 13th with Wisdom from the Writer’s Journal, followed by a Friday Quote.

Our regular blogging schedule will return on Monday, July 18th.

Also, for those of you who’ve been keeping up with Ascension Graveyard, Chapters will be posted again starting Monday, July 18th and will only be posted once a week until further notice. 

Thank you all so very much for sticking around for my creative growth journey, and for your well wishes for my new year.

Until later, gaters!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

When Sleep Calls Answer the Phone: Delayed Writing Prompt Results

 

pexels-photo-largeSo…I tried, but the unplanned yet welcome events of this week kept me from fulfilling my writing obligation for Monday’s Muse Writing Prompt, June 6th, 2016.

I had ever intention to write, but exhaustion from a very jam-packed week prevented me from doing so and just schlepping a bunch of words together was not something I was okay with doing.

As a result, I will have to share my results next week. I do apologize for the delay but I figure quality and care are key and I would rather push back my results share date than make a mess.

So, sleep calls and I am answering the phone. Til next week!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe, Do. CONQUER!

Preparation for Tomorrow: A Quote

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.” ~Fred Hammond

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Sometimes doing our best is putting in the sweat equity that will only bear its fruit in the future to come. Sometimes our best is simply taking the time to rest. Whichever stage of the day you are in, whether in sweat, or rest, make sure to do it with your utmost best!

~Dream. Imagine. Believe. Do. CONQUER!

Winter is the silent intermission for glorious spring! There is life beyond our frozen earth waiting to break forth in its season.”

~Candice Coates

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There are these moments that come in our creative journey whereas it seems that nothing is happening. We feel as if we’ve hit a wall in our writing, our art, our everything. but just like in nature, just like with God who took a day off from his work of creation, we too have our creative winters. when your creativity slips into silence, allow it a moment of rest. though it may seem as creative winter in your world, be confident that spring is just around the bend. ebbs are always followed by flows.