By Andrea Grigg
I'd been racking my brains for weeks, trying to think of what to write for my first ACW blogpost. Then the other morning while on my walk, I came around the corner and saw these guys (or gals - I have no idea!) ... and found my inspiration.
Some of you may have been toying with the idea of writing for a very long time. Remember that conversation you overheard that made you wonder what would happen if the person chose option A or B? …
Or the number of times you’ve thrown down a book in disgust, thinking you could do a better job …
And way back in high school, you used to be pretty good at writing poetry, but then life came along and you buried your passion while you got on with things ...
I have a feeling there are a lot of you out there who are waiting for your ducks to line up before you even consider beginning that novel or memoir or poem or cookbook. But let me give you a tip: it's never going to be the perfect time!
Question: What if the idea simmering away in the recesses of your brain is a life-changer?
That's how it was for me. I'd never seriously thought about writing a book until an incident occurred in the life of one of my friend's sons which triggered a whole gamut of ideas, taking me completely by surprise. They just wouldn't go away, and so, after three years of mulling them over, I came home from work one afternoon, booted up the laptop and wrote 'Chapter One' at the top of a blank page ... my ducks had lined up without me even realising.
We're on this incredible journey called life, created and chosen by God to be here in this particular time and this particular place, for which I'm very thankful. (I can't imagine what it would’ve been like to write a book by quill and candlelight, can you?) So if you have a hankering to write something down and get it out there, maybe you just need a nudge.
Consider yourself nudged.
By the way, it doesn’t matter if your ducks aren’t perfect. The ones in my photo aren’t either. They’re timid, slightly straggly, and rather ordinary; a bit like the average human, really.
God loves to see his children explore their creativity, the same way we do with our own kids. And don't think for a minute He’s not interested, that our paltry (ahem, poultry?) ideas aren’t worth it. God's passionate about words – isn't that how creation came into being?
But if you're a little afraid to take the plunge into the world of words, take heart. God is on your side – and so are we. And if you need help, advice, an answer to a question, or simply some encouragement, please contact any of the writers here at ACW. We would love to help you embark on your writing journey. Each of us took the plunge at some point – we know how you feel.
So, come on. Dust off those ideas, fire up that computer, take a deep breath … and fly!