Saturday, May 25, 2013

from the heart to the pen

I have been getting in touch with my inner "creative muse" as of late.
The "artist" in me has been mostly dormant the past years of my life, aside from a few sporadic splatterings of songs that came from moments of inspiration. This has the pattern of my life for longer than I would like to admit. Inconsistent, undisciplined, lacking focus, and lacking goals. Certainly, I manage to store up many dreams and visions for my life, but they are rarely something I pursue. Why? I don't know. It's easier and sweeter to live in my imagination. In reality, I have invested more of my time into relationships. It has been worth it, every moment. However, as my life has taken a transition into marriage and being a stay-at-home wife, my days have simplified and slow down significantly. As I began to look at all my free time, I imagined all the fruits of my effort that would spring up from this season! And, yet, I have nothing to show for it (well, aside from investing in my husband, which is, naturally, my first and most rewarding passion!). Yes, I prepare meals for the week, keep up on cleaning, stay in touch with friends and family, and I have even done more reading since I have been married. As much as I enjoy being a homemaker, there is still the part of me that is restless and wandering. I need to explore and pursue and travel. It is a very central part of who I am. This is an aspect inherent to my husband and myself. I don't think we could be one of those couples that "settle down" in a nice place for the rest of our lives. We both have this insatiable need to continue exploring and learning. I want to bet that age won't snuff out our fire! Nevertheless, I believe I have digressed from my original topic...
 All this to say, I am beginning to take the first steps towards, not merely achieving dreams and goals in a sort of self-empowering way, but pursuing ambitions that will bring my soul to blossom because they are the very thing that my Abba designed for me to be and to do.

 I have started picking up my guitar this past week, strumming through my originals, and feeling the discouragement of being out of shape. Something I once spent hours and hours, days upon days, year after year with has become more of a chore than a natural skill. I sense my failure before I start, but that is why I can only take one step at a time. And, so, I am strumming again. Shout it from the roof-tops!

 As if one goal wasn't enough, I have had something churning around in my heart for the past two months.A writing project of a personal narrative. I have a story that I need to share and I think this season in my life was crafted for me to get it out on paper. And when I say I have a story, I mean that it is a deeply personal account of events that have transpired in my life. I cannot say anything more about it except that it will not be merely a personal narrative. I want to take it beyond a re-telling of events. I want it to transcend beyond the facts into a pilgrim's travel from glory to glory.
 I'll be honest. I really do not know anything about the writing world. I don't claim to be a writer, although it is something I thoroughly enjoy and find very therapeutic. The thought of possible publishing it is a tad overwhelming at this early stage. I feel intimated by the responsibilities of sharing it with the public. But, I want to share it. I need to share this.
I didn't even know what my writing idea could be classified as until I took it to Google and did some research. Perhaps, it will best be defined in the genre of Creative Nonfiction, as described below:

The defining characteristic of CN (creative nonfiction) is the use of literary techniques to create a sense of artfulness in the language, character development, and story, all of which tends to drive the narrative “inward.” CN work also tends to focus on transformational events in the narrator’s or central character’s life. CN generally seems closer to the truth of the narrator’s experience than other forms of nonfiction, as revealing the narrator’s experience / emotional consequence of the experience often seems the implicit “goal” of the work.
CN sometimes ends up sounding “crafted” or “poetic” however (example: “In an instant, the city was back to its normal self, yawning in the dawn haze,”) to the point where it can be difficult not to question whether a work really reflects what the writer actually felt / experienced or if he/she is more just attempting to showcase a certain brand of writing skills. (source

This is the best description I have found to communicate what I find myself writing.

So, page by page, I am letting it out in the only way that I know how. It's not going to be something intelligently crafted. It is a real-life tale of a long, ever-winding journey from glory to glory. And, it feels like I am learning how to pray for the very first time because this "project" is bringing many of my vulnerabilities to light. In many ways, I am learning anew to trust the Spirit, the wind that blows where it wishes and I know its sounds, but I know not where it will go. But, my Maker cannot and will not lead me astray.
 To end my daily musings, a quotation that beckons further pondering....

To sum it all up, if you want to write, if you want to create, you must be the most sublime fool that God ever turned out and sent rambling.
You must write every single day of your life.
You must read dreadful dumb books and glorious books, and let them wrestle in beautiful fights inside your head, vulgar one moment, brilliant the next.
You must lurk in libraries and climb the stacks like ladders to sniff books like perfumes and wear books like hats upon your crazy heads.
I wish for you a wrestling match with your Creative Muse that will last a lifetime.
I wish craziness and foolishness and madness upon you.
May you live with hysteria, and out of it make fine stories—science fiction or otherwise.
Which finally means, may you be in love every day for the next 20,000 days. And out of that love, remake a world.
Ray Bradbury


  1. Happy to hear you have picked up the guitar and the pen! As some one who is starved for enough hours in the day, please take all this free time you have and use it up like it's going out of style! hehe It would be so sad not to. I look forward to reading your piece of creative non-fiction and seeing where the Lord leads with it and with your music. I know what it's like to be a bit rusty with the things we love, but it always comes back to us. Looking forward to our next conversation where we can delve into all of this. Love you sister!

    1. Thanks, Alexis! Yeah, believe me, I have felt like the laziest bum on the planet, taking for granted all my free time and wasting it. So, blogging/journaling through this process of learning discipline and time management helps a lot. And, yes, we both know what it feels like to be rusty. :( But, the Spirit will help us in our weaknesses!

  2. Great post. Really enjoyed the Ray Bradbury quote at the end. So much truth there!

    Good for you for setting goals and taking the first step/s to get there!

    Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog, btw!

    1. Thank you, Rebecca. :) Yes, the Bradbury quote is so rich!!

  3. Dear sister in the Lord so good to know you through your profile on the blogger. Iam so glad to stop by your blog and know you more as a christian. Your blog "MinistrelofGrace" and the post on it dated 25th May "from the heart of the pen" is a great post as some one commented on it earlier. well I am in the Pastoral ministry for last 33 yrs in the great city of Mumbai a city with great contrast where richest of rich and the poorest of poor live.We reah out to the poorest of poor with the love of Christ to bring healing to the broken hearted. We also encourage young people as well as adults from the West to come on ashort term missions trip towork with us. We would love to have you and your husband come along with some young people from the church you go. My email id is :dhwankhede(at)gmail(dot)com and my name is Diwakar Wankhede.

  4. You are a talented writer with your heart in the right place. :) It's not always easy to return to the paper and guitar, but I think it gets easier as we commit ourselves daily, not expecting results but enjoying the process of it all. I am also a homemaker and I find I do more housework than creative work, something I'm learning to balance. Wishing you the best—courage, honesty, and creativity— with your newest project! <3 :)

    1. Jade, thank you very much for your lovely comment and best wishes! I am very glad to get to know you a bit through blogger. :) I like what you said about committing ourselves daily, not expecting results, but enjoying the process. This is so true and it brings freedom!

  5. Inspiring! And I love to smell books like perfumes. Perhaps I shall begin to wear them as a hat upon my crazy head! :)

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    1. Thank you for the reminder. Simplicity is a good thing! :)