During 2013, dozens of talented writers are joining me to cheer you on in your storytelling. These guest-writers will share a few helpful words with you right here every Tuesday night, to encourage you as you #TellHisStory. (Come back after midnight Wednesday to link up your God Story by clicking here. You are free to share ANY story that God lays on your heart.)
And now, I’m delighted to introduce you to my writer friend, Cara Sexton.
Writing is the act of deliberate re-living, unraveling each moment until it is threadbare, then winding it back up again slowly, noticing the sound of the string and the taste of the air.
Chew on your words long and slow, and roll them around your teeth. Become familiar with them, have your fill.
Write first for you…to understand, to see things differently, to find God in this. In the re-telling live the experience more presently than the first time, in slow motion. Notice what you didn’t see before: the assembly line of ants on the windowsill, the frayed ends of his shoelaces, the abandoned slingshot lying in the dirt.
Find the universal truth at hand, the impossible beauty of the thorn bush, and lay it on the altar as offering in the same bowed posture as you submit your very self. Writing is worship.
The challenge is remaining close enough to your work that it is an extension of your very breath but far enough removed to detach yourself when the growing is done and it’s time to push it out of the nest and see if it can fly.
Cara is a mom of four living in Ashland, Oregon, where she writes, creates, decorates, studies, reads, blogs, and dreams ridiculous dreams with the support of her awesome and hilarious family.
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YOUR TURN: Tell about a time when you experienced what Cara calls “writing as worship.”