I recently spent a week in an Italian Villa-styled home—the perfect writer’s retreat, complete with a mini-vineyard, wood heat, two ponds frequented by pheasant, deer, ducks, and geese, and perhaps best of all, no cell phone reception.
You may assume I made significant progress on my novel. I did the opposite—I didn’t write.
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But I did read. I read a book, not to critique it or study it, but to just enjoy it. And after I finished that one, I read another.
I watched moonbeams split snow clouds and enjoyed the white silence without man-made illumination. I wondered how I had become so busy I’d failed to notice the little things I saw now—like a squirrel disappearing up a sugar pine or a robin welcoming the icy dawn with a lusty two-step.
Staying connected to God
Being productive is great, essential, but in the rush of pursuit I often lose the sense of balance that comes from being still. As a Christian writer, I should know better. My Father didn’t create the universe in a rush and then move on to the next project. He took the time to enjoy each creative step along the way, and then He rested.
My purpose as a writer is to bring glory to God, so it’s important I take time to sit in His presence without dwelling on my work in progress. It’s in those moments of stillness that I rediscover my connection with the Master Creator and find new purpose in my craft.
Jennifer Lindsay began the Guild’s Apprentice course while earning her bachelor’s degree in English and has since completed the Journeyman and Craftsman courses. She works as an editor for a hobby magazine and serves as the youth leader at her church. In 2011 she started The Writer’s Wellspring, a blog.