Writer, Be Still

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.

Villa image: Bernadeta Szanto-Ozimec / stock.xchang

Comments

  1. says

    I am encouraged that another writer takes the time to slow down an appreciate the surrounds God has blessed her with. Unwinding and relaxing help me refocus. I am one that takes in a beautiful vista but forgets to take a picture. But the feeling that beauty invokes in my heart lingers on. Now to capture those vistas ans emotions in the things I write.

    • Jennifer E. Lindsay says

      I’m guilty of the same thing. I do, however, like to take the time to ponder the vistas and capture them in my mind as best I can so that when it’s time to write later on, I can revisit some of those places again. I hope you’re able to recreate many memorable locations and scenes as you place your pen to paper in the days to come!

  2. Nancy Gemaehlich says

    Hello Jennifer,

    Thanks for the enjoyable article. I read a piece about productivity once that stated that time spent “day dreaming” and relaxing was important to creativity and productivity. Apparently something good happens in our brains during those leisurely hours. Salute to you!

    • Jennifer E. Lindsay says

      Thank you for the kind words, Nancy. I’ve always been a daydreamer, which is one of the reasons I wanted to be a writer, so I could do so without getting in trouble! I’ve often found my most productive and insightful moments come during periods of “rest” which in turn make me even more excited to get back in front of the keyboard. Blessings!

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