Whatever you do work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men.
There was no feeling like the joyful abandon of play as a child. I could spend hours outside with my friends and siblings lost in time until the dinner bell brought us home.
Brenda Ueland in her book If You Want to Write, describes a class of children painting with that kind of abandon:
“Now these children worked for five or six hours at a stretch…with the blissful, radiant power of a Michelangelo or Blake…It is the way you are to feel when you are writing – happy, truthful and free, with that wonderful contented absorption of a child stringing beads in kindergarten.”
An author that I know started writing “Playtime” on her calendar instead of “Work”. It helps to come with a sense of expectation to the desk instead of dread. When I lose myself in the writing I do my best work.
Brenda Ueland also advises writers to guard against writing to impress others, instead to be bold and confident in who they are: “…writing is not a performance but a generosity.” Children do this naturally in play.
May I bring a child-like abandon to my writing today.
Time to play.
Laurie and Betsy, writingsisters.com