Friday, October 9, 2020

Three Fs of 2020 by Gail Johnson

Meme with a Psalm

Three Fs of 2020 

Have you struggled to find inspiration this year? I daresay we all have at some point. I'm sure we'd like to forget some events in 2020. But if we pray and look around us, we may find the needed encouragement in the oddest places.


Focus on the Good Times

During my daughter's drive-thru graduation ceremony, we stopped to take pictures with a classmate. Eyeing the 12-pack of toilet paper in the backseat, we both agreed the masks and tissue paper summed up the past nine months. We captured the unforgettable memory underneath a canopy. Can you see the smiles behind the masks? 


Find Humor in Change


Shopping with strangers is a little uncomfortable until you watch the crowd and realize nothing has changed except the masks. People are still people and make perfect characters. I'll share the latest in my treasure trove.

Roguish Randy is a broken or angry warrior with a purpose. The protagonist breaking all the rules at the beginning of the story. He's a loner and likes nothing better than grabbing what he came for and exiting unnoticed. Never mind the arrows, the waiting lines, or the slitted glares. He is a man on a mission, and he's on fire.

Irritating Imogen points out all the rules and violations of said rules. And then, when she thinks no one is looking, she sneaks down the aisle for the forgotten jar of mayo. Yep. In the opposite direction of the arrow. (The perfect antagonist in need of a sharp character arc, Imogen makes the ideal protagonist for the second book in a series. 😉)

Wandering Willie is a friendly foe shopping for the one product that was moved to another department. On his way to said product, he strikes up conversations with anyone who'll listen. Happy-go-lucky, this man loves to help yet unwittingly prevents you from reaching your goal. Bless his heart. 


Fill Your Creative Tank

Another way to find encouragement is through filling our creative tanks. Have you read a delightful book lately? I have. In fact, I've read several new releases this year. Enduring Dreams by Sandra Ardoin released in September, and A Night Divine by Dawn Kinzer will release this month in a boxed set. The words "new releases" encouraged me. Holding those books in my hands proved life goes on even in the middle of a pandemic!

So, dear writer, keep writing and researching those fantastic stories. 



Another way to find encouragement is through filling our creative tanks. Have you read a delightful book lately? #seriouslywrite #encouragementforwriters via @GailJohnson87

The words "new releases" encouraged me. Holding those books in my hands proved life goes on even in the middle of a pandemic! #seriouslywrite #encouragementforwriters via @GailJohnson87

Eyeing the 12-pack of toilet paper in the backseat, we both agreed the masks and tissue paper summed up the past nine months. #seriouslywrite #encouragementforwriters via @GailJohnson87



Gail Johnson is the author of Treasures of Hope, Discovering the Beautiful Truth Beneath My Painful Past, a memoir. A member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), she writes fiction, non-fiction, and songs. She is currently writing her first contemporary fiction story. Born and raised in Georgia, she is a wife and a mother of two adult children. 

Find out more on her website, and connect with Gail on Facebook and Twitter.







8 comments:

  1. Hi, Gail. As a retired English teacher, I could gladly give 2020 three F’s! :) Thank you for your positive perspective! One thing I dislike very much is smiling at people behind the mask and wondering if they know I smiled. I miss exchanging smiles in the grocery store!

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    1. Hey, Karen! I agree with you. Seeing a person's smile is important to this border-line hermit. The first time I shopped was a little scary, so I had to focus on the positive or go home and never venture out again. I miss seeing the smiling faces. Thank you for reading and commenting.

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  2. Thanks for mentioning Enduring Dreams, Gail! And Dawn's story is so good!

    Your shoppers made me laugh, but they were a great example of how we should pay attention to our surroundings and those we meet for character ideas!

    Congrats to your daughter! Whenever she looks back on her graduation, she'll certainly have unique circumstances to recall!

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  3. You're welcome, Sandy. Enduring Dreams and A Night Divine are on my Kindle's "keeper" list. :) Loved both stories.

    Character hunting is one of my favorite things to do when running errands. People are a hoot. Especially when they don't realize you're watching.

    Thanks, Sandy. Lulu will not forget this graduation. LOL!


    Happy writing!

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  4. Thanks so much for sharing a little humor with us, Gail. We sure need it after another crazy week. You're an ongoing "encourager" to many writers, and I appreciate you mentioning A Night Divine and all the support you've given this blog over the years.

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  5. Thank you for allowing me to share my thoughts, Dawn. You and Sandy have encouraged me!

    I agree that we all need a little humor in our lives.

    As I told Sandy, the books are on my Kindle's "keeper" list. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your street team. A Night Divine is a delightful holiday getaway.

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  6. What a delightful post! Yes, 2020 has been very different. I pray we all learn valuable lessons and lean into God. :-)

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  7. Good afternoon, Melissa. I join you in that prayer! Thank you for being such a great encourager!

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