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A Writer’s Journey

It’s been about five months since I last took the time to sit down and write on this blog. That is the longest break I’ve taken since I started “Every Small Voice” and I still don’t know what the future of this space will be… but one thing I am certain of is that there’s a season for everything.

And there was a season for blogging in my life as well. Maybe there still is. I’m not ready to pull the plug just yet.

I started writing here way back in 2016, after a painful experience of rejection from a group of believers. This was a safe place to share some of my deepest feelings without resorting to gossip or getting too specific about the details with others. It was a healing process for me. And in the meantime, I fell in love with writing.

I began to see the benefits of sharing my story through carefully thought out words, rather than the thoughtless stream that often flows from my lips when I’m in conversation. It’s through writing that I can get out all those thoughts, emotions, and stories – and then – carefully look through and process everything.

Spoken words come out too quickly for me, and once in a while I long to take them back, only to realize its too late. Written words allow me to take the needed time to reflect.

In truth, I’ve loved writing my entire life.

As a child, I wrote silly little tales of children running away from home and visiting abandoned mansions or scary forests. As I teen I wrote poems that reflected whatever I felt in the moment. I loved poetry and it comforted me when I was feeling down.

Then in 2006 I became a mother. This changed the way I wrote for many years. Most of my writing was for my kids: notes to them for when they were older, scrapbooks filled with funny facts and anecdotes of their baby years. And I also journaled, filling up notebooks with the interesting moments of Motherhood, and also prayers to God through each ordinary day.

It was really in 2016 when my writing took a turn. I began sharing my stories; my many thoughts and feelings with the world. People seemed to connect with what I wrote which spurred me on. For four years I continued writing about little lessons that God was teaching me.

In 2020, our fast paced world changed abruptly. For the first time in history, everything world wide seemed to shut down. Travel was put on hold. Education was brought to a halt. Sports and entertainment, restaurants, and churches alike stopped… just like that.

And for the first time in my adult life everyone seemed to have something to write about and they wanted to share it with the world. I felt drowned out and suffocated with all the noise. The longer the season wore on, the louder the voices around me became and the less desire I had to be online at all. Everyone seemed so political, every topic became over-discussed and even the once lighthearted comments just seemed too heavy. So I slowly withdrew. Finally 2022 hit and I stopped posting altogether.

Yet, my writing is still very much alive.

A year ago I joined a small, but life-giving writers group that has both inspired me to keep writing and challenged me to grow in it. We meet every other month and critique each others work on the “off” months. Through this group I am able to write both fiction and non fiction, get feedback on my work, and discuss many of the common struggles that writers face.

I have three fictional pieces I’m currently working on at various stages:

“Project Slone” is the piece I’m most engaged with right now. It’s a fictional piece with a dystopian feel about an experimental community of children being raised by “qualified professionals” instead in homes with a family. I’m at 35,500 words that have been revised and edited, and although I’m only half finished, I am slowly going through the first few chapters with my writers group.

“The Millionth Penny” would be considered juvenile fiction and I’m at about 12,000 words, but I feel far from done. Although it truly is my favourite of all my fictional pieces… I am stuck. One day I’ll get back to it.

“Tales from the Secret Wood” is definitely in its beginning stages with only 6,000 words, not to mention, I’ve done zero editing on it. Somehow though, I see the most potential for this book to be fully finished first. Those 6,000 words only took me three days to write but the story is about a third done. It was written for my youngest two boys and it’s going to be a children’s chapter book so the final story will probably be quite short (maybe only 15,000-18,000 words).

I also lead a women’s group in my church and for the past two years I have been given the opportunity to write Bible study and devotional material for them.

I have finished (but not edited) two “15 Week Bible Studies” written especially for young moms to go through as a group:

“A Mother After God’s Heart” at 12,000 words.

“A Fruitful Motherhood” (based on the Fruit of the Spirit) at 17,000 words.

These are saved in a printable PDF format and I send them to women who are looking for such material free of charge. So far the feedback has been extremely positive and encouraging.

It’s a new world of writing, and although it’s certainly not making me any money, the journey is exceptionally rewarding in other ways. I still have dreams of someday publishing my work, but for now I am at peace with being where I’m at.

How about you? What is your story? I’d love to hear about your “Writing Journey”. Feel free to share in the comments below!

11 thoughts on “A Writer’s Journey

  1. You and I are so often on the same page; although, according to this post, your page has a LOT more words on it.

    I’m excited to read your stories! All of them! I’m so glad we ‘met’ even if we both give up on blogging because of the mess of life.

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    1. Me too! I find it so interesting how we are from totally different countries and completely different backgrounds, yet have so many things in common. You seem to still do a decent amount of blogging in spite of all the distractions! I admire that!

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  2. Loved hearing from you! Life has felt insanely busy this school year and my own blogging has taken a backseat for a couple months. Definitely seasons of life. Reading your blog was enjoyable – felt like I was catching up with a friend. Thank you for the update.

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    1. I’m glad you stopped by! It’s been good hearing from some of my former blogging friends after being gone for so long! It is crazy how things have sped up this year after the long slow season we just had… hope you’re doing well!

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  3. Despite your silence on the blog, you are doing some great things. For me, my blogging began as a way I processed pain and my absence from the pulpit. My emotional pendulum swung to the far extremes and has landing back in the middle. I no longer write with the underlying hostility or bitterness. I’m not writing how God will use my writing now it is not so emotionally charged, but I will continue to write and see what He does. I love reading about your growth as a believer and writer. Blessings to you and your family!

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    1. That’s so important. I’ve had to learn that lesson as well Matt. I’m glad to hear that God is still moving in your life. I’ll have to stop by your blog one of these days and catch up on your life as well. Good to hear from you Matt!

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  4. I am so glad to see you post again. I rejoice how God has led you from the hurtful experience to where you are now. I understand it was difficult and painful but I am proud of you for pressing on with Jesus.

    This summer I will be working on some writing projects.

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    1. Thanks Matt! God’s ability to turn our pain into good is a beautiful thing. What kind of writing projects are you working on? Sounds interesting. Good to hear from you!

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  5. Oh, boy. I identify with the part about preferring writing over talking because I can stop and think and edit all my blunders out. Although, even with writing, I go back and read old stuff I published and cringe. LOL. Thanks for your update, Heather.

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    1. LOL ain’t that the truth! I also cringe at my old “work”! Haha and to think I was so proud of it at the time! I saw you posted something the other day as well. I’m hoping to take some time this afternoon to read it. Looking forward to our meeting tomorrow 🙂

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