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An online devotional for writers
For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19, NLT)
When it’s time to move on to your next writing project, you may simply stare at the blinking cursor on their screen. You’ve just spent time and emotional capital honing one piece of writing. Now, you’re paralyzed. You’re convinced you’ll never write anything again.
You can call it “writer’s block” if you want. But recognize this lapse at the keyboard for what it is: a bump in the road.
The best way to get over a bump is to start walking. Or in this case – start writing.
“Start writing, no matter what,” said prolific American novelist Louis L’Amour (1908-1980). “The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
Here was a man who didn’t start writing until age 30. From that point on he had an established writing routine that led him to produce 89 novels and become one of the 25 best-selling authors of all time.
The prophet Isaiah shared similar words from the Lord to God’s people. “For I am about to do something new … I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” (Isaiah 43:19, NLT)
God has already begun birthing your next writing project. It may be just a trickle and you may not recognize it. But God promises He will make a pathway through that wilderness of words.
Later, you can edit out what doesn’t work. But for now? Just start writing.
Just start writing your next writing project.
Thank you for your promise: you will make a pathway through the wilderness of my words. Help me to just start writing.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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