How do you inspire others? Have you ever thought about it?
I don’t think I have ever thought about inspiring others. I think about helping others, encouraging others and persuading others.
Well, I recently found out that I do inspire others, especially writer friends. Over the past couple of weeks, I have had a couple of writer friends tell me that the encouragement that I offer them and my enthusiasm for writing “inspires” them and they have been writing more or coming up with more writing ideas since speaking to me about writing.
Wow, that was quite a compliment. Compliments usually make me uncomfortable, but that compliment made me feel good because I am always glad to help others, especially in a common interest. I get excited to see their progress!
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Now for an update on my writing journey. I posted on June 23, 2015 about Lisa Lawmaster Hess speaking at our last Lancaster Christian Writers’ group meeting. Well, in that meeting, she also mentioned that she is a “pantser”! You have no idea what a relief and encouragement that was to me!
I have been studying writing very diligently for the past two years as I continued to write. Most of what I learned was about the “Planners”. I have always been a pantser — ever since I began a love of writing in the 5th grade. However, I was afraid that since I heard so much about the “planners” and not much about the “pantsers”, that only the “planners” were successful. So imagine my surprise when Lisa Lawmaster Hess, a published writer, confessed to being a “pantser”.
Woo Hoo! My spirit leaped for joy! I had been trying so hard to force myself to become a “planner”, and I was miserable and I was so unhappy with my writing. Thanks to Lisa Lawmaster Hess I was free! I could go back to being a “pantser” and worry about edits after my story is down! Well, I started my work-in-progress over a-gain, for the fifth time, and this time I am going all the way back to my roots and writing with pen and paper. And, guess what?! It is making a tremendous difference! I now LOVE writing again! I get excited about the next time I get to sit down and write, and when I do, the story flows out of me, and it’s so much better than what I was producing when I was trying to write in a way that is completely opposite of my nature and talent.
Why all the way back to pen and paper? you ask. Well, I find that when I type on the computer, I tend to go back over what I wrote every time I sit down to write and I am changing and tweaking constantly. It becomes quite counter-productive. I find that writing with pen and paper seems to have the opposite effect — I can simply start where I left off and still hit that groove that keeps my story moving and keeps me writing. I am a happy writer again!
What about you? Have you been trying to fit a particular mold? Know that you can be free to be you and write in whatever way allows you to get your story out and write your best and do your best editing later.