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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

One Writer's Mind

I am listening to my readers and yes--I will blog about writing, adding an additional post on Tuesdays. To start with, I am going to give you a glimpse into what makes a writer tick. What do I think about, when I am trying to craft a new story or article or whatever?

Last week I learned about the Silver Lining contest sponsored by Cup of Comfort (who has published several of my devotionals) and Redbook. The description of the contest states, "When the going gets tough, we often look to others whose tenacious spirits have enabled them to weather similar storms and whose living examples inspire us to persevere and to find a ray of hope behind even the darkest clouds."

I think you will agree that the last twelve months of my life qualify as dark clouds. So I want to accept the challenge. But this is a kind of writing I struggle with. How can I express the hope and faith that have carried me through--in a unique, engaging way? What "silver lining" symbolizes that hope?

I told a friend I would not even attempt the contest if I couldn't answer those questions. But I think I have a glimmer of an answer.

The silver lining that I pointed to over and over again last year was the impending birth of my first grandchild and the opportunity to see her and rejoice in new life.

Ah, you might say. But I thought your visit was cancelled. Another "dark cloud."

Therein lies my story. If I can capture the paradox between the presumed silver lining and the reality--then I think I may have a story worthy of the contest.

I'll let you know how it goes.

1 comment:

Ruthie said...

I enjoyed your talk today at WFTJ! Thanks for the invite. A great group of women and a wonderful speaker!!