Writing Prompt Boot Camp: Day 1 09/04/2014

Prompt:  

It’s time for you and Writer’s Block to part ways. Write a letter breaking up with Writer’s

Block, starting out with, “Dear Writer’s Block, it’s not you, it’s me …”

 

Dear Writer’s Block,

 

     It’s not you, it’s me. People tend to say that all the time and it usually means the opposite. I promise I’m sincere. I had no illusions in respect to who you were and I have no accusations of broken promises to hurl. I felt content with you for a while. In time I began to wallow in self-loathing as I seem to have a proclivity for during our lengthier interludes. I’m truly sorry if I misled you. This relationship just isn’t healthy and it’s time for us both to move on. I need to create works I can be proud of in twenty years and that can’t happen with you here. I’ve finally decided I’d rather write a little every day, creating the discipline required to complete what I start than never write again for the rest of my life. Goodbye.

Sincerely,

Jen

Writing Prompt Boot Camp Posts

  Like many writers, I have suffered from writer’s block.  I choose to believe that the return of this unfriendly visitor recently is a result of a lack of discipline on my part.  I don’t usually set up a regular time to write every day, and if I’m convinced that what I’m writing is junk, I scrap it immediately.  The problem with this lack of discipline and non-committal attitude is that I made a commitment to write this blog and share my journey.  It’s what God wants me to do.  He really hasn’t asked much of me in my life, and He’s given me so much.  If I can’t be bothered to keep my promise to Him, why should He keep His promises to me, right?  So, I found a download online for a Writer’s boot camp.  They give you a total of sixteen prompts, two of which are optional, bonus prompts.  I began this yesterday in my facebook notes, and plan to share them here.  This is a purely secular exercise, so I will likely have to take some liberties with it in order to hold fast to my values and purpose.  I had to change today’s prompt because it wandered into dangerous territory for me.  I’ve been where that writing exercise will take me, and I am certain that God has no interest in seeing me go back there and I’m with Him.  It’s not pretty, and it’s not helpful to anyone.   

Do not be arrogant

“If some of the branches have been broken off, and you, though a wild olive shoot, have been grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing sap from the olive root, do not consider yourself to be superior to those other branches.  If you do, consider this:  You do not support the root, but the root supports you.  You will say then, ‘Branches were broken off so that I could be grafted in.’ Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith.   Do not be arrogant, but tremble. For if God did not spare the natural branches, he will not spare you either.”

 

 Romans 11:17-21 NIV 

 

What does this mean to me?  Do not look down upon those who stumble.  You are no better than they are.  Submit to God’s righteousness and do not seek to glorify yourself.  Humble yourself.  

 

“Consider then the kindness and sternness of God: sternness to those who fell, but kindness to you, provided that you continue in his kindness.  Otherwise, you also will be cut off.”

 

Romans 11:22 NIV