Rediscovering Playful Writing


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When I remember that I am a writer, a born writer, not someone pretending to be a writer by wearing a mask, then work becomes play. God gave me a love of books and an artistic gift of writing and drawing. When I simply relax and enjoy life as a child of God, then I can allow Him to work through my fingers and my imagination. Now we create together. It is a joyful experience.

MY FAMILY’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH BOOKS IS A GENERATIONAL BLESSING. My maternal grandfather, uncles and my mother love to read. I in turn love books.In fact, I have always loved books, reading voraciously as a child. I remember walking slowly home from the library with a tall stack of exciting choices, reading my first choice even before I managed to walk through the front door. My mother would cajole me in the summer,

“Well, at least read outside in the fresh air.”

I read to all my nine children, they in turn read to younger siblings.

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Now my oldest grandchild who is turning two absolutely adores books. Standing below the book shelves, she stretches out her arm, pointing until someone lifts her up. Marie knows exactly which book she wants. She sits absolutely still, absorbing every word as my son, daughter-in-law or any of her aunts, uncles and grandparents all take turns, reading yet another book.

I have written about 300 stories and/or articles in the 18 months, after not writing for 30 years. The stories well up from a hidden spring because I have collected them for decades.I simply told oral stories about 9 kids on a hobby farm but I  could not get them written before it was the right time. Forcing myself to get down to the business of writing was an exercise in futility for years. Now it is the season for writing;

Since I have polished 72 stories on ReadWave, the question now is,

“How do I approach publishing?

Suddenly, a publisher, albeit a very small Catholic publisher approached me after following me for a month. Now another can of worms has opened up with tax issues, etc. and I realize that THERE IS NO RUSH.  I should enjoy creating a book, drawing, coming up with titles and featuring my quirky quotes and even consider kid’s books. NOW that would be fun…

Iggy the Bold Bunny, Renegade Raccoons

I am Batman Foevaaa, The Smart Fox and the Dumb Dog !!

Of course I started to worry, become grim again. Instead of listening to the Spirit within me, relying on Him, I tried to get down to work, to do it on my own, with my intellect alone.download-10.jpg

Then my fellow bloggers once again, stepped in as mentors to guide me and the Spirit spoke through the:

“My experience when feeling lost is to start small and remember the best art comes from play. If you plan to illustrate or provide visuals for your books (which is so much fun) then just sketch or take pictures or whatever for fun–don’t think about figuring out formatting until you really have some ideas that excite you. There’s always people around to help you with technical stuff. Once I stopped immediately judging my first drafts everything fell into place for me. I still have moments of doubt but I realize that’s perfectly normal and then I get back to work (play). “

Well said fellow blogger. Any other words of wisdom, anybody because I am finally listening, once again.

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30 thoughts on “Rediscovering Playful Writing

    1. Hi Melanie,

      SoundEagle agrees with michaelalexanderchaney, and would really like to add that there is much more to Melanie than just being the Mother of Nine. From knowing and interacting with you as well as reading your writings, SoundEagle has come to believe that there is a core essence in you that transcends what you have mainly defined and treasured about yourself and (what you have so far considered to be) your main role and life calling.

      Moreover, SoundEagle believes that you will indeed excel and find new confidence and meanings in the present and the future, and in fresh perspectives, paradigms and projects that have little or nothing to do with your past, and that more of your writings will neither be confined and defined by your roles and motherhood in life, nor by an overriding need to pen your family history for validation, recognition and/or posterity. There are yet more things and ideas to explore and discover, far from the rubric of family life and domestic ties. It is beneficial and magnanimous to be forward-looking, forward-thinking and prospective, not just retrospective!

      This advice could, in retrospect, be deemed as SoundEagle’s greatest gift to you.

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  1. Encouraging words from the fingers and eyes and mind and heart God gave you so He could flow through you in your your season of writing, your ” … listening to the Spirit within (you), relying on Him … ” This post is so encouraging. ‘Cannot get my arms around it. A core truth about the Spirit was voiced about three weeks ago: “If you don’t understand, that’s okay, because you / we don’t have to understand.” This was good for a guy who writes but does not always know where he is going. Keep on.

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  2. It’s so true about timing. Until we allow God to lead, we can just do everything in our own strength and be hitting closed doors. When it is His timing, doors swing open. Thanks for sharing!!

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      1. I’ve seen all that you’re currently doing, and I completely understand. I think it’s fantastic. Get that Word out there, and know that I’m applauding your every endeavor!

        My e-mail delivery has been out of whack, and I haven’t received any new posts in almost two weeks – until yesterday. Now I have 530 to wade through. 😦 Sadly, many of them will be glanced at and deleted. Very few have heard from me as well.

        I’ve thrown a part-time hospice job into the mix, which has really been a wrench in the writing works, but most necessary at this time. The lady is a dear friend, to serve her an honor. She is failing rapidly, so within the month, I’ll have more time to write (and not just repost old stuff! Doing what I can to keep my head above water here.).

        May the Lord continue to increase your borders, and spread His Word far and wide through your willing fingers, working for you and exceeding weight of glory in the process!

        Blessings and much love,
        Tami
        \o/

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      2. Aw, Melanie. I love you more’n my luggage! 🙂

        It delights my heart to see your smiling face resting on your hand in many of the places I visit. The Lord is delighted with you, how could I be anything less?

        Grace and peace to you, dear sister.

        \o/

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