Wednesday, May 5, 2010

When the Words Won't Come, Do the Next Thing

My momentum is shot. If you read the previous post it's pretty obvious why, but it bothers me just the same. I can't concentrate on anything other than the flood that poured into my world on Saturday and is slowly receding.

There is so much to do to clean up what is going on around me, and at some point I'm going to have to put my own internal house in order. I'm not quite sure how that is going to happen.

A while back I remember reading a book by Elisabeth Elliot, a woman whose missionary husband was killed in the jungle in Ecuador. She made a statement about how, when you don't know what to do, do the next thing. It may be a little thing, but it is the next thing. It's where you begin.

Looking at the monumental tasks that surround my community, it could be very easy to give in to a sense of hopelessness and frustration, but we need to do the next thing. I need to do the next thing.

A note: I realize my purpose for this blog is to talk about writing, and I apologize to any writerly readers that have landed here lately from other links and wonder if they are in the right place. You are, and I thank you for stopping by. Life intruded quite a bit in the regularly scheduled focus of this blog. I'll get back into the writing groove soon, I promise. Until then, please keep Nashville in your prayers. If you want to know what you can do to help, please scroll down to the bottom of yesterday's post.


  1. No need to apologize. Life happens even when you're a writer trying to write about writing. Lol. Hang in there.

  2. No apologies necessary! And yes, doing the next thing is great advice. I'll keep you all in my thoughts.

  3. Lisa-
    Thank you! It's comforting to know there are others out there aware of us.

  4. I like that quote, "do the next thing."

    As for writing content, for me this is the same. I think people forget at times writers are human beings with lives of their own. We write from life, so it's understandable life would show up in our blogs from time to time. (Hugs)Indigo

  5. I like your quote, "We write from life, so it's understandable life would show up in our blogs from time to time." Thank you for that. Exactly what I felt but could not quite express. Appreciate the hugs.