Saturday, April 6, 2013

F is for FAITH


During April, I’m blogging daily as a participant of the 
Blogging from A to Z in April Challenge (with time off on Sundays).
 Stay a minute. Read. Tell me what you think. Thanks for stopping by.



   Everyday I sit down at my desk, which is overflowing with journals, unopened mail, writing books, and stuff, and prepare to write. I do this with the intention of producing something. The result might be usable or just a page of garbage, but I know if I sit there long enough, the words in my head will spill from my fingers in the form of sentences, paragraphs, chapters. I know this will happen. I have faith in my writing ability.
     Faith is believing in the unseen. You trust that with time and patience, you'll produce something that is worthy. Author Heather Sellers in Chapter After Chapter, writes, '(Writers) work like the faithful work: quietly, not talking about it a whole lot. Humble, because we know a lot of good stuff we write doesn't really come from us but from the mere act of practicing and opening the mind..."
     Will it be worth it in the end, the drafting, critiquing, editing, and hand wringing? Maybe. It might depend on what you want the end result to be. A finished story? Praise from your peers and your family?  Publication? For me, having faith in creating is enough.
   

15 comments:

  1. I have faith what I write will have been worth writing once I get it finished. I try not to think beyond that.

    mood
    Moody Writing

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    1. That's a good way to write. Too high of expectations only make it harder.

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  2. I have faith in the power of written word to heal.

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    1. And your blog of poems this month are a testament to that!

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  4. Am back again - made a mistake ...
    Thank you for this post Dawn. I love what you say about faith in the unseen - often pretty hard on my side but your words are encouraging thank you! I reckon I do have faith that I have to keep on writing and not make excuses, and that practising opens the mind ...
    Susan
    http://www.gardenofedenblog.com

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  5. It's totally like blind faith sometimes. I never know if I'm writing anything good! I think you have to have faith in your story too, to let it tell itself in its own way if that makes sense.

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    1. Nick, I think everyday during the Challenge you're working with blind faith that you'll be able to come up with a new entry from a set of random words! People are loving what you're doing! If that doesn't take faith in your talent...

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  6. Well put..."Trust that with TIME and PRACTICE...isn't that the way with most things! I caught up with your A-F posts. Enjoyed and appreciate them all...very thoughtful and well written in a short space. Very creative Letter Photos, too.

    Thanks for your visit and for following. I'm a Follower of yours, now and have you on my AtoZ Blog Roll...I look forward to the rest of your posts.
    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

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    1. Thanks for the follow and your kind words, Sue!

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  7. Perfect word. Where would we get without faith? This is a hard business and without faith that we'll be able to learn and grow and produce something we'll never make it through the rejection.

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  8. What a lovely uplifting post. Thank you for that!

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  9. Beautifully written!! I can't wait to see what G is for.
    I'm a new follower.
    Connie
    A to Z buddy
    Peanut Butter and Whine

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  10. I love to sit down and write like that; just write and see what gets written.

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