Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Time Away For Renewal

For those of you who've noticed that I haven't posted for almost a week, Kay and I are on vacation. I've needed this time--time to think about my writing, to pray about the direction I'm taking--and it's been good. We've walked on the beach, rested, read, enjoyed the atmosphere of Maui. I've written...not as much as I'd like, but enough to see where my current work-in-progress is going.

Writing is so much more than putting down a bunch of words. As I've railed about before, it involves a bunch of rules. Some of them seem silly to me, others make good sense, but whether we follow them or break them, we need to know them. Then there's the type of writing we do. Is it non-fiction or fiction? Romance, suspense, science-fiction, or what? Over time, there's a very real risk of letting our writing move slowly away from what we love and feel called to write into "writing for the market." Personally, although I agree that any writer must know what is publishable, altering your writing style and content to please a particular editor, publisher, or even agent is akin to trying to time the stock market. It's doomed to fail.

On our daily walks on the beach, Kay and I have talked a lot about where I've been and where I'm going with my writing. Tomorrow it's time to get on the plane and make the seven-hour flight back home, where I'll have to put into practice the decisions I've made while I'm here.

3 comments:

Myra Johnson said...

Maui!!!! I love Maui and I am so jealous. We took our first and only trip to Hawaii probably 10 years ago. Did the Hana Highway on a tour bus (yikes!!), rode horseback down into the Haleakala Volcano (my aching rear!), went on a dolphin boat tour (the best!).

It's always a struggle staying true to ourselves and what we perceive as God's calling. May God bless and encourage you about those writing decisions you've made. Have a safe flight home!

Anne Mateer said...

I wish I were taking daily walks on the beach and thinking about where my writing is going! Maybe someday.

But I'm glad you and Kay have had a good get-away and I look forward to hearing about your writing decisions when you get home.

Myra Johnson said...

Maui!!!! I love Maui and I am so jealous. We took our first and only trip to Hawaii probably 10 years ago. Did the Hana Highway on a tour bus (yikes!!), rode horseback down into the Haleakala Volcano (my aching rear!), went on a dolphin boat tour (the best!).

It's always a struggle staying true to ourselves and what we perceive as God's calling. May God bless and encourage you about those writing decisions you've made. Have a safe flight home!