I have a free afternoon and decide I will write a post. I open my computer and think and think… and it doesn't take long for me to realise I don’t know what to write about. In the dark of the night, when I am supposed to be asleep, the ideas come thick and fast. But now? I can’t remember even one of them. They have fled leaving me a writer-without-a-story.

It’s a strange feeling having nothing to write about. I am tempted to think I will never again have anything to say. Familiar thoughts enter my mind: I wonder why I want to write. Surely it’s time to move on? I’ve said it all.

But I stop thinking this way. I know better. I am certain that just when I am least expecting it, a delicious idea will pop into my head. It has happened before. 

I remember:

I smile to myself as an idea occurs to me. I am suddenly unaware of what is going on around me. I am turning the idea over and over and words are appearing in my mind. Someone says something to me but I don't take it in. I don't want to talk. I want to run off to my computer and start typing. I have disappeared into a world of my own and nothing can prevent me writing my story. My family sighs.

But today… I know I am wasting my time sitting here. I should go and make some coffee and then read a book or prepare the dinner. I close the computer and then remember the postman went by about half an hour ago. Did he leave anything for us? I open the door onto a gorgeous autumn afternoon and pad in my socks down to the mailbox at the end of our drive. The lid is open. I can see a parcel jammed inside. A birthday parcel?

The parcel is from my dear long-time friend Cheradee. Inside is a stone cross:

I read the words:

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.

And I realise how beautifully they sum up all I have been thinking about recently: how God loves me so very much and how His plans for me are perfect, how I need to give Him control of my life... A wonderful feeling of joy spreads through me. I decide I just have to share a photo of my gift.

So I open my computer once again to upload a photo. I think of my unwritten story. Perhaps writing isn’t in God’s plan for me today. Maybe He wants me to do other things. No use sitting here worrying and wondering. I will be patient. An idea will arrive... at the perfect time, a time I least expect. 

I am sorry about this post about nothing. Soon I will be back, bursting once more with things to share. Soon I will no longer be a writer-without-a-story.

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  1. Do you keep a notebook to write down your thoughts at night? I've heard that writers do that. Or little scraps of paper or post-it notes? Now, that you've got a tablet, you could use that to jot down your thoughts, too. Unless, real life is just too busy and exciting to write about just now:-)

    Looking forward to reading your next story, when you're writing, again xxx

    1. Vicky,

      I have numerous exercise books with scrawled notes in them about possible stories, but I never write in them at night. That would mean putting on the light, maybe getting out of bed...when what I really want to do is sleep. One night I had an idea that went round and round my head preventing me from sleeping. In the end I did get up. I turned on the computer and wrote the story. Once it had been published (after midnight) I finally went to sleep! Yes, sometimes it's better to write rather than lie awake thinking about writing.

      I do actually have a few ideas in my notebook I haven't used but I lacked inspiration on how to use them. I just couldn't think of an interesting way to write about them. With my middle of the night stories, I can usually see every word! But all those words just disappeared today leaving me with a blank screen.

      Yes, hopefully I'll be writing again soon!

  2. Sue
    How do you go about planning your posts? Do you keep a running list of ideas? I do, so I can sleep;) I admit I have about 20 ideas or less on the go and I like to keep it to no more than this, I feel like I should be writing when I have too many half plots.

    1. Erin,

      Yes, I like to write down ideas when I think of them. Sometimes I use the ideas straight away and sometimes they sit awhile until I find the right way to tell the story. It's funny how occasionally lots of ideas come all at once and I can write post after post and then suddenly, the well is dry and I have no more inspiration or enthusiasm. Probably someone will make a remark over lunch tomorrow or the next day, and my mind will turn it over and my blog post will appear!

  3. Been there. Done that. Wrote something similar last week.

    1. Colleen,

      It's comforting to know I am not alone. It's strange how I think I will never be able to write anything ever again. I feel so sure I have no more to say. But I am getting to used to these inconvenient phases! Actually, a little idea did occur to me during morning prayers today. I was looking at our statue of Mary... Anyway, I will play around with this idea later!

  4. You do such a great job writing a post about not having anything to post about. I've had those same thoughts Sue and even felt recently, an lack of interest (gasp!) in blogging. So, I took a break and resumed yesterday. I'm not as good as a creative writer as you... you have the ability to churn out meaningful, relate-able (is that a word?) and heart felt stories. I so admire your talent!

    1. Noreen,

      I wonder how many different ways I can write a post about having nothing to write about! I would always have something to publish then!

      A lack of interest in blogging? I often find my interest in blogging fluctuates too. But somehow just as I'm about to give up, I suddenly think of something I just have to write about and share... and so I keep going.

      I am so glad you only had a blogging break and didn't give up, Noreen. I always enjoy sharing our blogs and our stories. I think we all have our own talents. I like to write stories but I'm hopeless at reviews. This really is one of your strengths. And you have such a passion for your pro-life work which keeps us all praying.

      Thank you for your encouragement, my friend.

      God bless!


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