New Year’s Blog
January 5, 2018
“A man’s mind plans the way, but God directs his steps”
Proverbs 16: 9
Hi Writers and Friends:
I fell into this Bible Verse yesterday morning when I was doing my daily verse, and thought it was so pertinent to my life and probably to so many of you.
“The best laid plans of mice and men,” (wait a minute, who said that?) are always so exciting and look great on paper. Aren’t they also our New Year’s Resolutions? Even if they aren’t, and we plan them throughout the year, they are still our plans, our dreams, our visions. BUT they are not going to go anywhere without EXTRA help.
If I have learned anything in this lifetime it is that need for EXTRA help.
Whenever I get off course, I literally get kicked in the butt. Directing my steps must get so tiresome to my EXTRA help. It certainly gets painful where I sit.
Have you ever decided to do something and begin the process of doing it, and everything just slides effortlessly into place? You hardly had to do anything at all, everything just ‘happened’.
Conversely, have you ever planned something, and nothing short of mayhem would make that plan work?
It’s the exact same thing with your writing. (You knew I couldn’t resist that one!)
If the story isn’t flowing and almost writing itself, then it is the wrong plan (plot). Perhaps you need to do a complete re-write. All the editing in the world won’t make it right. Sometimes, you need to walk away from it, and let it just sit for a while in a bottom drawer or another file on your screen. Maybe you should begin something new, but never put new wine in dirty bottles. (who said that?)
Been there, done that! Not with wine, but tried to make something I had written better only to fail completely. (New wine-dirty bottles)
Every writer struggles with his writing at one time or another. When that happens, you KNOW your steps are NOT going in the right direction, your EXTRA HELP is kicking you in the butt.