Probably like many, many, many people (as in, a very scarily high amount), I want to be a writer. I daydream about writing every morning and book signings and landing a contract and receiving endorsements from famous people. Heck, I daydream about getting rejections from publishers. I daydream about finishing my novels in the first place. But I realize I’m just not there yet. And it’s ok. Maybe I won’t ever get there, and it’ll be ok.
I love journaling. I started journaling in second grade, and since then I haven’t been able to live without a notebook. I often carry one around in my purse, along with a book for reading. It’s therapeutic. It’s interesting. It’s informative. It’s my favorite way of talking to God. Sometimes for fun I like to look up my journal from a year ago or three years ago or five years ago and see what I was doing, what I was thinking, what I thought my life would look like, where my relationship with God was. I learn about myself.
I like writing thank you notes. In 2011 I had to write a lot of them: thank you for coming to my bridal shower and the handy-dandy wine opener you got me; thank you for coming to my wedding and the gorgeous vase; thank you for the birthday gift. I wrote at least 200 thank you notes last year. I still have several boxes of thank you notes. And I discovered that I really enjoy using them. Don’t sign me up to write your thank you notes for you, but it gives me joy to write a personal note of thanks to someone who might not be expecting it.
I enjoy blogging. This blog has been a huge blessing to me since I moved to Portland. It’s given me a place to share my thoughts and ideas and receive support from other bloggers! The more I explore the blogging community and make virtual friends, the more I want to invest in this.
These are the ways I write. I write because I love to. I write because it makes me happy. I write because I can grow closer to God. I write because I can encourage someone else.
Mary DeMuth, an accomplished blogger/author/editor (pretty much the person I want to be), wrote an inspiring blog post called “Write in Obscurity.” She reminds us that writing isn’t for fame or fortune. Yes, you could possibly make your living on it and you might become famous. But those famous, fortunate writers would write regardless of what came of it. Writing is a labor of love. It appears in many forms. Don’t belittle your journaling time, or writing thank you notes, or anything else, just because it isn’t something you would consider publishing someday.
In Mary’s very wise words, “Write when no one sees. Write things no one will read. Write because you have to. Write for the sheer joy of it, and leave your career in God’s capable hands.”
Blessings on your writing!