The Writer's Prayer
On a recent adventure, I accompanied my Beloved on a business trip to Malaysia. He did his thing in the corporate arena, and I got to spend my days at the keyboard, spitting out those words we all love to chase.
I had no internet. (Gasp)
No household chores beckoned, and there were no kids to drag me out of my writing world. I did have a very kind 'butler' (I know... don't hate me!) who serviced the hotel's lounge where I spent my hours.
She delivered a steady stream of coffee whenever my cup ran dry. She replenished the buffet, where tropical fruits and sinful pastries winked at me all day. And, she smiled her encouragement when I took laps of the room to stretch my legs and roll my author shoulders.
Can you imagine a more perfect writing day? Food and drink on tap, and total quiet. Once the breakfast traffic faded, I was glad to call that lounge my own for the rest of the morning, and well into the afternoon. I know you will not be surprised to hear, my word count reflected the benefits of full-time writing. I slammed that word count, and doubled it for good measure!
And then I had to go home.
Home to the real world, which in my case, is sadly understaffed in the butler department.
In my real world, words come slower, chased by the many demands no one could ever juggle, as well as I'm meant to. Here, my words are couched in the realities of life which dictate mood and enthusiasm. Tempered by commitments. Shadowed by my other loves.
So how do we reconcile the requirements of writing, with life as we know it? From where do we snatch the minutes to add to our chapters?
I know from experimentation, an hour of my time is worth between 600 and 1000 words. But what if I sit for my allocated writing time and my head is not in tune with the task? How do I find 'Author Dotti' when 'Mama Dotti' is still in the room with a basket of washing on her hip? How do I dismiss 'Friend Dotti' when she still needs to cry for a sister, or 'Real Dotti' when her own burdens are too heavy?
I have found the best way to secure myself for writing, is to centre myself in Christ. Over the years I've collected writer's prayers which help me face the writing hour under the banner of Him who loves me most.
So here's my prayer for 2012, penned by Sandy Tritt. Better than a butler, it's a New Year's gift, from me... to you. Be blessed.
The Writer's Prayer
Open my mind, Lord. Grant me the talent to write with clarity and style,
so my words go down rich and smooth,
like fine wine, and leave my reader thirsty for more.
Open my heart, Lord. Grant me the sensitivity to understand my characters...
their hopes, their wants, their dreams,
and help me to confer that empathy to my reader.
Open my soul, Lord, so I may be a channel to wisdom,
and creativity from beyond my self.
Stoke my imagination with vivid imagery and vibrant perception.
But most of all, Lord, help me to know the Truth,
so my fiction is more honest than actuality,
and reaches the depths of my reader's soul.
Wrap these gifts with opportunity, perseverance,
and the strength to resist those who insist it can't be done.
Dorothy Adamek writes Historical Romance. Visit her at her blog Ink Dots.