Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Ask O: What Are You Grateful For?

Happy Wednesday, my writing friends!

Today I’m going to pause my “Tips from the Journey” series. This week I finished edits for my next book, Love Finds You in Glacier Bay, Alaska, and as I cut, edited, and re-wrote, I gained a great sense of gratitude for this awesome privilege of being a writer.

Here are some aspects of the writing life, I’m most grateful for:

A New World. I love traveling to new places and experiencing marvelous adventures through my characters.

Emotional Intelligence. To create real characters, I’ve become an amateur psychologist in a sense. This knowledge blesses my own emotional health (a little shaky sometimes LOL!), and it also gives me tools to help those around me.

Healing. Along with emotional intelligence, digging deep into character emotions often heals my own. In my latest book, a character lost his mother. My mom died when I was in my twenties, and tapping into my characters' emotions renewed and refreshed my own journey.

Friends. If you’ve been to a writers conference, you know what I’m talking about. I’ve made some of my best friends through writing. What a joy to meet others who, like me, hear characters in their heads.

Dependence on God. If I ever think I’ve got even a tinge of control over my life, writing shows me otherwise! Just this weekend, I had hours of editing ahead and a deadline looming, when along came my enemy—migraine. Stuck in bed for the four hours I’d planned to work, I had to trust that God would give me strength to finish the next day. And He did. I have so many more stories of how God helped me through a tough writing moment. I’m sure you do too. Writing constantly shows me my need for the Lord. That’s the best part!

I could think of many more areas about writing to be thankful for, but I’ll leave some for you. Share how writing blesses you. We’d all love to hear.

God bless and happy writing,


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  1. Great post, O. I'm grateful for the friendships too! And for the pleasure of participating in creativity. Whatever we're called to do, there is so much fulfillment in serving God with our gifts. That's when we sense His delight in having created us for His purpose. Love that!

    1. Awesome point, Annette! Working in our gifts is such a joy and privilege.

  2. I too have made some wonderful friends through writing. Some I see in person to have fun with or who hold my hand when life get rough. Others I am in touch with online with every emotion and situation possible. Each is so important. Thanks for this fine thought provoking post!

    1. Thanks, Tanya. I know what you mean. My writing friends have been through much more than just the writing journey with me. They are dear sisters in Christ.

  3. Ah, those blessings called writing friends. If it weren't for them, I'd surely need your amateur psych. help, Ocieanna!

    And how many times has He given me just what I needed? Daily, hourly, minute-by-minute. God is good. All the time.

    1. I hear ya, Angie. There have been times when I've been stuck with some writing skill I didn't possess. I frantically pray and then the perfect blog post will show up. He is so faithful to help us through the journey.


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