Friday, October 09, 2020

Writing: It's Tough

 Why keep on writing? I've asked myself that a hundred times during the past six months. When I retired from medicine, I had no intention of writing. I had written or edited nine or ten medical books, and after the death of my first wife, I crafted (after many months) a non-fiction book, The Tender Scar, which is in its second edition and continues to minister to those who have suffered a similar loss.

Why, then, did I feel the need to try my hand at writing fiction? Honestly, it was the result of a sort-of challenge to do just that, a challenge that came from some knowledgeable people. And that is how I ultimately ended up with a total of nineteen published novels and novellas. But during these past few days, it has been nice to ignore the unfinished manuscript on my computer, preferring to enjoy the time away from writing. Yet, it still sits there while a still, small voice tells me I should work on it, and I get emails from time to time that gently (oh, so gently) tell me how much the words the Lord gives me mean to them. And that's why I know I will soon attack the manuscript with the idea of finishing it. Because, just as I was led to dip into writing in the first place, I feel the need to keep on putting down the message that, no matter what our circumstances, we're never far away from redemption. And if I can continue to spread that message, I will. To do otherwise would be to disrespect the One who got me into this in the first place.


Patricia Bradley said...

Good! Glad you're pressing forward, but I can understand why you might want to take a break. I will be joining you in that break soon. Between COVID and the election, my mind struggles to create, but I'm nearing the end of this book and will hopefully turn it in on time. For a while I wasn't sure I'd make it.

Keep on keeping on, Richard!

Richard Mabry said...

Patricia, Thanks for your comment. It's nice to know that I'm not alone in finding my writing slowed by the other things going on around us.Although it's been nice to "take a break," I find myself almost ready to finish the book I've been working sporadically on. After that...who knows?

Priscilla Bettis said...

I'm going to try an experiment some day and take a break from the news instead of from writing, like a whole month off of any news feeds, TV news, or radio news. It'll be interesting to see what effect the break has on my writing.

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, I'd suggest you wait until after the election, when things should slow down--I hope. If you do experiment, let us know the result. Thanks.