As I have followed the progress of fellow writers rising to the challenge of writing a novel in November I felt myself sink into a pit of despair at the poverty of my production.
Yet as I pondered my post for today, wondering if I could truly contribute as a writer who isn't writing right now, I was struck again by the name of our blog. Being a writer is so much more than writing but I, and maybe you, measure writing skill and progress by what and how much I produce.
You see while I haven't been writing I have been reading, researching and reflecting. This is such an important part of the process of writing which in itself seems to produce nothing but is in fact an essential ingredient to the final production.
I am, I have to confess, a task orientated completer finisher, so there is an insight into my battle. Reading seems like a past time, research feels like an indulgence and reflection looks like day dreaming. There is no task to complete or finish and no product to show - yet!
Maybe I'm not the only one challenged by feeling the need to produce. Do you need encouragement today? Let me tell you - that book you're reading will expand your knowledge and thought processing, the research you're doing will make that one paragraph all the more authentic, allowing it to come alive to the reader and that reflection, well what is a story without a little day dreaming?
There is no poverty in the production of good background to your writing, while away an hour without a pen (or keys) in your hand and know that you are still writing.
Tania Vaughan is a speaker and writer who started Let's Talk About Ministries after writing her book "Let's Talk About Sex and Relationships - A Bible study for single women".
Through Bible teaching and devotionals Tania seeks to encourage every woman to claim the full life that Jesus came to give them.
Coming soon "Living in relationship with Jesus" a range of devotional Bible studies.
Contact details, speaking diary and online devotions can be found on her website www.taniavaughan.com