I was in a meeting yesterday which started with an icebreaker question: If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? Several people referenced healthier lifestyles, a couple of people wanted to be taller, one person thought all they needed was more modesty.
I said that I would want the physical act of writing to be easier. I would certainly love more creativity, but at a more basic level I get bored quickly by writing. This is the main reason why I don’t keep a journal; over the years I’ve tried to jot down my thoughts daily, but I lose interest/motivation too quickly. Also I find that I get frustrated that my hand or fingers (depending on whether or not I’m writing or typing) can’t keep up with the thoughts in my head, and then the written words don’t seem to come out exactly as I first imagined them, and then I think “why bother?”
In my job I write a lot. Sometimes it flows easily, other times I have the same message in Drafts for days or weeks because it’s not perfect. Sometimes the less I think about the topic the better, other times I have to be so deliberate it becomes an obsessive exercise in precision. Maybe I try too hard but I have too much respect for the written word not to get it right.
I read recently (in another blog) that creativity flows best in the morning, and that you shouldn’t get sucked into the routine of the day before pouring some time into your own passions. I have been blogging in the morning but was feeling a little guilty when it took away time for prayer or study, but if this desire to write, and the ability that goes with it, are gifts from God then why should I worry about when I use them? If this is a God-honoring pursuit He’s probably a lot less worried about it then I am.
Since we’re giving ourselves better attributes, can I also have the power to keep my coffee from cooling off so fast while writing?