Friday, October 04, 2013

Five Minute Friday: Write

It took me a few decades and a come-to-Jesus moment to call myself a writer. I've talked about it ad nauseum on this blog, and you can dig into those archives if you want.

But lately, the writing has been mighty scarce. And I've found myself wondering, what do you call a writer who doesn't write? Does that mean I'm not a writer anymore?

Sort of like, if a tree falls in the woods and no one hears it, does it still make a noise?

I'm not making much noise, at least not publicly. I have a journal that I write in every few days. But that's more spiritual reflection/conversation stuff, not sit-down-and-really-write stuff.


A Facebook friend and former classmate of mine announced today that one of her stories was accepted for publication, and I was equal parts happy for her and jealous of her. I've also talked about this before, the jealousy of others' writing success. And in the middle of those green feelings, I said to myself, "Well, she's been writing. You haven't. How can you get published if you don't write?"

I don't know what to think about any of it. I'm pretty sure I still love writing, still need it, still crave it. But I'm just as sure that this time of my life doesn't permit much writing. The art has to wait, and all that.

I'm not sad about it (perhaps I should be?), just a bit bewildered over what it all means.


Amy Lynne said...

Amy, I hope you keep writing! If you love writing, then I am sure that Jesus has called you to do it. I pray that this will be the beginning of a renewed zeal for sharing your writing with others.

Blessings to you!

Anonymous said...

What an honest post that I really related too.
Just this morning I was listening to The Writer's Almanac on NPR (love NPR) Garrison Keeler was taking about such and author that was born today, whose last published work was titled "Late Bloomers". It was all about people (not limited to just writers) who accomplished great things in the second half of their lives. I am guess that means after forty. And I though to myself:
"ya know what? there is no rush" accomplishing can wait...my kids and my husband, and the credit card bill due today can't"
Hope this little tidbit encourages you today.

Amy said...

Thanks for the encouragement, Amy!

Great words, Leah. That really speaks to where I'm at right now.