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. From now through Easter, we’re considering “The Lenten Journey,” though you are free to share ANY story that God lays on your heart.)
And now, I’m delighted to introduce you to my friend, author Kris Camealy, who has written a book that has been a wonderful companion for the Lenten journey.
Madeline L’Engle said,
“Inspiration usually comes during work rather than before it.”
So to that I nod and say, yes!
If you want to be a writer then you must write. You must serve your craft through practice and consistency. I used to say, I needed to wait for inspiration to strike before I could write. What I have learned however, is that more often that not, when I labor over the words a bit, when I push them out somewhat against their will, after a time, inspiration strikes. Suddenly, what was just moments before, a hard sort of scratching, and clawing for production, turns and the words begin to slip out, like pearls cut loose on a string that has broken. They tumble across paper or screen, and I am amazed at how what started as a wrestling match, an endless loop going nowhere, turns into a dance of sorts. There is a hidden freedom in working for the inspiration, rather than waiting for the inspiration to work.
As a sequin-wearing, homeschooling, mops- coordinating mother of four, Kris Camealy is passionate about Jesus and her family. Her heart beats to share the hard, but glorious truth about life in Christ with anyone who will listen. When she’s not writing, she gobbles up books like they’re going out of print and plays in the kitchen. She’s been known to take gratuitous pictures of her culinary creations, causing mouths to water all across Instagram. Once upon a time, she ran 10 miles for Compassion International, a ministry for which she serves as an advocate. You can read more of her heart-words in her new book, Holey, Wholly, Holy: A Lenten Journey of Refinement, and on her blog Always Alleluia. Find her on Facebook, twitter and Pinterest.
“Holey, Wholly, Holy” is not just another book on the Lenten season. It is an invitation to be changed. It is an invitation into the heart of Christ. Kris opens a doorway into her Lenten journey, writing gracefully into her own soul’s brokenness, confession and refinement. But as much is this is Kris’ story, it is ours. This is the story of the people of God, being wooed gently back to the cross. Kris rightfully takes the focus off of what we should do during Lent – or, for instance, what we can “give up” for Lent, such as chocolate or social-media. Rather, she puts the focus squarely on the work of Christ, and on what He has already done for us. – Jennifer Dukes Lee
YOUR TURN: What works for you in your writing? Do you “work for inspiration”? Or do you “wait for inspiration to work”? Let’s chat about writing in the comments…