Monday, June 22, 2020

Walking and Sparking

Ideas for blog posts, stories, devotions, articles and more can jump into the mind of a writer at any time. Recently, I was preparing to write a blog post for my personal blog and wondered what message I could share. Many writers go through periods of “writer's block” and some say they just don’t have any fresh ideas.

I, too, have experienced times when I had to pause and think hard about a topic to share. During those times of uncertainty, prayer gives me comfort. A small piece of paper is taped to my computer. The note states simply, “PRAY FIRST”. There’s also a heart drawn on the paper.


Before writing, I try to go to God first and ask Him to help me share words He wants me to share. When away from the computer, I pray and ask for His guidance before I decide on a topic.

Often, my most interesting ideas come while taking a walk in the neighborhood. Many unique sights and sounds give great ideas for blog posts, articles, etc. Watching a sunset or sunrise, listening to children laugh while playing a game of chase, and seeing neighbors trying to hold onto leashes while walking tiny dogs can spark great stories.  Listening to those tiny dogs bark loudly to show they are bold like the big dogs makes me laugh. Passing by a man smiling and washing his boat after a day of fishing at the local river and listening to the gentle swish swish of the brush he is using to clean the boat shows me he has enjoyed the day. These are just a few neighborhood things that spark my imagination.

Some writers say they plot each story and/or blog post. Other writers say they “fly by the seat of their pants” when creating messages. Either way, an idea has to be sparked somewhere in the mind.

I’ve decided to call my daily neighborhood walks by name. “Walking and Sparking”. I walk and get ready for messages to spark. What a great way to find ideas and enjoy the simple moments of life.

Have you ever been “Walking and Sparking”? Where do your ideas originate? #seriouslywrite #writing @mimionlife

Blessings,
Melissa Henderson



Melissa Henderson is a writer of inspirational messages. Her first book for children, “Licky the Lizard”, was released in 2018. She also has a story in the compilations “Heaven Sightings” and “Remembering Christmas”. Her passions are helping in community and church. Melissa is an Elder, Deacon and Stephen Minister. She and her husband Alan moved from Virginia to South Carolina to be near son, daughter-in-law and first grandchild. The family motto is “It’s Always A Story With The Hendersons”. Follow Melissa on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest  and at http://www.melissaghenderson.com 


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21 comments:

  1. A wonderful approach ma'am. Good thoughts here!

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    1. Thank you J.D. Have a blessed week dear friend. :-)

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  2. Walking and sparking sounds great! I might get out of the house and do that very thing before the rain comes today. Like you, I always try to pray before I write and ask God to give me the words He wants me to share. He never fails. :) Blessings and thanks for sharing, Melissa!

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    1. Thank you JoAnn. I hope you have a wonderful day of "Walking and Sparking". :-)

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  3. Love this post, Melissa! How wonderful that you get ideas to spark as you're walking through your neighborhood - - sounds like a win-win. You're getting exercise AND some writing ideas - - super! And I completely agree with your "Pray First" reminder--something I strive to do that really helps me.
    Blessings on your writing, Patti Jo :)

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    1. Thank you so much. Yes, "Pray First". :-) Have a wonderful day. :-)

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  4. Yes, I totally agree! God lays so many ideas on my heart when I'm walking. And I, too, pray first before I write. Thanks for the encouragement.

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    1. Thank you Jessica. I love how God gives ideas while I'm walking. Also, He provides ideas while I'm sitting. haha! Have a blessed day!

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  5. I love that you titled your walks! I also find that being out in nature and just giving myself permission to daydream helps my creative process. So, I can understand how your walks do the same for you.

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    1. Thank you Dawn. I am constantly amazed with God's creations and how we can find inspiration in those creations. :-) Have a blessed day!

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  6. Melissa, I like your neighborhood "Walking and Sparking." I often get ideas when away from my computer. Seems like our mind is always at work so to speak. Outdoor activities and other experiences seem to ignite my creative spark. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you Karen. Yes, isn't the way God gives us inspiration so amazing? We can find things to write about while we are walking. :-) Have a blessed day!

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  7. Walking and time outside are inspirational as well as refreshing! Thank you for sharing this. Your stories are always delightful!

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    1. Thank you Melinda. I plan to take a walk this morning. I wonder what ideas will spark. :-) Have a blessed day! :-)

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  8. I also can get ideas for my writing when I am on our daily walks. It is so interesting how we can get inspiration when we are active and away from the computer screen!

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    1. Yes, Anne. I agree. I find more inspiration when I am away from the computer. Taking walks outside gives me wonderful opportunities to enjoy His creations. Have a blessed day! :-)

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  9. Melissa, your walking and sparking sounds much more appealing than my walking to get the bugs out of my brain. Either way, walking offers great results.

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    1. Haha! Diana, I do find great inspiration during my walks. :-) Have a blessed day!

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  10. It is so important to pray about the words we share as writers. I find many of my ideas out in nature also. Since the pandemic, the ideas as slower to come since stuck inside but I still find words as I pray. Thanks for sharing your encouragement and may God bless your words always.

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    1. Yvonne, I think God gives us inspiration through His creations. Whether we are outside taking a walk or staying inside the house, we can find story ideas. Yes, praying about the words we share is very important. :-)

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  11. Melissa, you always amaze me. Thanks for sharing!

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