Thursday, September 23, 2010

The season of finding the next story

Last week I joined JoNoWriMo+1.5 (a variation of nanowrimo hosted by author Jo Knowles) with a goal of 50,000 words on a new manuscript.

Yet this week I have:

watched a lot of music videos.

tweeted more often than usual.

read a lot.

caught up on my recorded TV shows (almost).

went for long walks in the sunny afternoons.

scribbled in my idea journal a little bit.

wrote some character ideas in a scrivener file.


not written one single word toward that 50K word goal.

In church, we are studying the book of Ecclesiastes. In our monthly newsletter, our pastor said, "Ecclesiastes isn't designed to inspire and warm the heart. It is a book that sees emptiness in almost everything, all the deeds that are done under the sun are vanity and chasing after the wind. (1:14)"

"But within the darkness of Ecclesiastes view of the world, there are two brief glimmers of light. First is the one made famous in popular music by The Birds song in Everything. Chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes invites us to both the continuity and the changes at work in the world and to trust there is purpose and design."

To trust there is purpose and design.

"To every thing there is a season..."

As in life, so it is in writing. I am trusting that when it is time to write, I will know it.

In the meantime, in the course of my "work" this week, I discovered the Goo Goo Dolls have a new CD out! Johnny is JUST as cute as EVER!!

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