Out of Chaos


I wasn’t sure whether to post these thoughts here or on my Mom’s Musings blog at www.marlajayne.wordpress.com, but I decided that this reading/writing blog is the better option. Although the post brings in a little bit of religion, it’s mostly about writing and writer’s block.

I’ve been feeling restless, ready to start something but not sure what. Have you felt that way before, jangled and jittery and waiting for inspiration? Read on. Maybe I have an idea that will give both of us the nudge we need.

It’s time to get started on another writing project, but what? Should I finish the “beach book” that I started a couple of years ago? The photographs are so beautiful! And then, there are all of those quotes and short pieces, some contributed by my writer friends, that add so much to the project. But then again, maybe I should get serious about that work of fiction that I’ve been talking about for months. Is that all it is, “talk?” I have actually read some how-to advice from popular writers, but nothing imaginative has happened in my mind yet…no story idea, no conflict, no protagonist–nada.

I’m wondering if I should go in another direction entirely. It’s time to get into my yard, really spruce it up like some of the neighbors. That artsy-crafty feeling has creeping up on me lately too, so maybe I should just succumb to it and see what happens. Connie has promised to help me with a burlap wreath, and I can just visualize how one will look on my front door, especially after I add a seasonal ribbon and some little pumpkins and gourds.

I  just need to start!

I attended a conference this weekend, Time Out for Women, that has given me a new perspective on feeling blocked, on feeling anything but creative. One of the presenters commented that when you feel stumped, that’s a good time to remember that God created the earth out of chaos in the dark. I remember sort of smiling and thinking, “Hmm. That’s so true. Why didn’t I think of that?”

I went to Genesis to check out the phrasing, and in the first chapter and second verse, I read, “And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep.” I don’t know what “the face of the deep” means, but I love that expression. I know, I know. I’m not God, but if He can create the earth and its creatures (including bears and spiders) and light and palm trees in six days out of darkness, can’t I come up with one little creation?

Plus, once God got started, He didn’t finish until Eve, the mother of all living, was formed from Adam’s rib. In other words, He stuck to the task and didn’t quit until He looked upon the earth and pronounced it  “very good.” The message for me (us) is to get started, even if we’re in the dark and in the middle of chaos. Then we need to keep on keeping on until we’ve completed our work.

What’s a project you need to get started on? Let’s both get started today.

About jayne bowers

*married with children, stepchildren, grandchildren, in-laws, ex-laws, and a host of other family members and fabulous friends *semi-retired psychology instructor at two community colleges *writer
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