Thursday, September 10, 2020

Writing Through the Fog By Patti Jo Moore

Chances are, if you’ve been a writer for more than a day, you’ve experienced some less-than-ideal writing times. Even when we carefully plan out a segment of time to write, we have notes and materials ready, coffee and snacks nearby, and we’re all ready to dive into our project, unexpected happenings can (and often do) arise.

Over the summer, I knew a writing deadline was fast approaching, yet I struggled to lose myself in this project. After all, writing a story set in a mountain town in December—complete with chilly temperatures and festive decorations—is a challenge when you live in Georgia, the calendar says July, and your weather is hot and humid. Even playing Christmas music and sipping hot cocoa just didn’t convince my fingers to produce the needed amount of words. In mid-August I was excitedly planning a long-awaited family vacation (with grandbabies!) to our coast, determined I’d have my writing project finished before we left. Then, two sweet friends died unexpectedly within the same week, and I couldn’t seem to write anything. My heart was heavy as I began my vacation, but I was thankful for time with family at our most favorite place.

Late August arrived, we were in our lovely vacation rental house, and I refused to take time away from my grandbabies to complete a project that should’ve been completed weeks earlier. I was still grieving my friends, but knew I absolutely had to meet my deadline. My brain felt as though I was in a fog—a heavy fog hovering over the ocean, and I needed a lighthouse to guide me.

After prayer and countless cups of coffee (which always tastes especially good while on a beach vacation), I hurried to my laptop whenever my grandbabies were napping, or when my daughter and son-in-law took the children for a little outing on the island. By doing that, I was not missing out on any special time that I could be having with them. For me, family time is top priority. 😊

Thankfully, I completed my project, had a wonderful vacation filled with precious, sweet moments, and I was reminded that when I need to get through the fog, I must always seek the Lord’s guidance, because He is the only Lighthouse I need.

Whether you’re struggling with a project due to health concerns, loss, or any reason that makes you feel as though you’re in a fog, think of these letters: F – O – G: Focus On God He WILL guide you through!

From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to The Rock that is higher than I. Psalm 61:2 

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SCROOGE’S HOLLY DAZE by Patti Jo Moore 

Holly Sims loves Christmas and children, so when she’s asked to help plan a Christmas festival for foster children, she’s thrilled. As a newcomer to Pine Valley, North Carolina, Holly is eager to become involved in church activities and meet people. When she continues seeing a handsome but sullen man in town, she’s curious about him. Why does he appear so unhappy?

Rick Bates is fine with being an introvert. After being shifted from family to family throughout his childhood, he knows he cannot depend or trust anyone and must guard his heart. Running his small business and taking photographs of nature scenes are all he needs in his life. So why does he continue thinking about the auburn-haired woman he keeps seeing?

When Holly asks Rick to take photos at the Christmas festival, he’s ready to decline—until he learns it’s a festival for foster children. When he arrives at the event, Rick is in awe of the decorations, including countless twinkle lights. But the joy on the children’s faces stirs his heart even more. With help from a Christmas-loving lady, a friendly town, and a kitten named Taco, Rick knows the ice around his heart is melting. 



Patti Jo Moore
is a retired kindergarten teacher and lifelong Georgia girl. She loves Jesus, her family, cats, and coffee, and is blessed to be published with Forget-Me-Not Romances. When she’s not spending time with her family (including her two sweet grandbabies) or writing her “Sweet, Southern Stories” Patti Jo can be found feeding cats—her own six and local strays.

She loves connecting with readers and other writers, and can be found on Facebook at Author Patti Jo Moore or her personal blog at http://catmomscorner.blogspot.com







18 comments:

  1. Oh, Patti Jo, what perfect advice....God is the only lighthouse we need. I will definitely remember F-O-G, as I often think of your mother’s JOY. I admit, I’ve had trouble focusing on writing for awhile now. I’m so happy you had a treasured family vacation and you even met your deadline! Cheering for you!

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    1. Thank you, sweet Sherida. My family vacation was certainly a blessing, and I'm so thankful.
      You are not alone in having trouble focusing on your writing--I've read so many comments from other writers who have struggled this year. Praying the coming months will flow smoothly for us all. :)
      Thank you for always being so kind and uplifting. You are a treasure!
      Hugs, Patti Jo

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  2. Amen. Focus on God. He will guide you. :-)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Melissa.
      I tend to remember more easily with something simple, which is why the letters in FOG have stayed with me! :)
      Blessings on your writing, Patti Jo

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  3. Patti Jo, You, along with their family and friends, have my sympathy for your two friends who died. Hugs, my friend.

    I can relate to what you wrote about writing in Georgia! Last winter when it was raining every day, I was writing a 4th of July book.

    Thank you for the FOG reminder. Always a good way to refocus on what's important.

    Congrats on the new book.

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    1. Thank you, sweet Tanya. I appreciate your kind words (and hugs).
      Oh my goodness---I'm sure writing that 4th of July book was a challenge on rainy winter days!
      Thanks so much for stopping by.
      Hugs, Patti Jo

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  4. Sincere condolences on the loss of your friends, Patti Jo. What a devastating thing to happen in the midst of everything else going on at this time. I'm so glad you had that special vacation with your family and grandbabies. Thank you for the reminder that focusing on God is the only thing we can do in the hard times, when the words won't come, or when we suffer. Hugs.

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    1. Thank you, dear Laurie. I appreciate your kind words so much.
      Yes, my family vacation was a wonderful blessing - - especially being with the grandbabies. :)
      I hope your writing is going well, sweet friend.
      Sending hugs to Canada, Patti Jo

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  5. F – O – G: Focus On God

    Love that! There are so many distractions right now, it can often be difficult to concentrate on our "work." Thanks for sharing your personal experience, Patti Jo. I'm so sorry about the passing of your friends. Hugs!

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  6. Hi Patti Jo,
    Thanks for this good advice. I am struggling with major rewrites and trying to slog through water every day.
    So sorry for your loss. I can only imagine how hard it must be to write when grieving.
    Take care!
    Sue

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    1. Hello sweet Sue!
      Thank you for your kind words. I'm praying your rewrites will flow smoothly. You are such a talented author.
      Thanks so much for stopping by.
      Hugs, Patti Jo

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  7. Thank you, Dawn.
    I had not planned on sharing about my personal experience, but decided that maybe it could help someone else going through a struggle.
    You are so sweet, and I appreciate your comments.
    Hugs, Patti Jo

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  8. Patti Jo, I love the acronym FOG - Focus on God. So simple but so tough.

    I’m so sorry about the loss of your friends. Thankful you had the special time with your family, especially those grandkids!

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    1. Thank you, Terri. Acronyms always help me remember - - and in this crazy year, I need that help!
      Thank you for your kind comments. You are always so sweet.
      Hugs, Patti Jo

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  9. Patti Jo! Awesome post. Yes, no matter what we are going through, or what we are facing, we must focus on God. Great advice!

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    1. Hi Sally! Thanks so much for stopping by.
      I truly believe if I will keep my focus on Him, my days flow more smoothly.
      I hope your writing is going well, sweet friend.
      Hugs, Patti Jo

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  10. Sorry I'm late to comment, Patti Jo. Glad I made it though, because this was such an encouragement to me. I'm so sorry for the loss of your friends. Glad you were able to see your grandbabies and write, though. Congratulations on your newest book!

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    1. Hi Laura! Thank you for your sweet comments.
      Looking back on that week, I know it's only by God's grace I finished that project. And that time with my grandbabies was priceless! :)
      I hope your writing is going well.
      Thanks so much for stopping by, sweet friend!
      Hugs, Patti Jo

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