Stuck – again

Oops! I did not manage to post anything for my Friday morning’s slot this week.

I have been stuck with my writing. So much has been happening in my life that has distracted me, and my writing as a whole has taken a back seat.

But now things have calmed down and I expected to be able to write again, from a time perspective. So I picked up my pen – but nothing came. And I turned on my computer and stared at my blank screen. Not a thought. Not a glimmer of inspiration.

I have a book I want to finish writing by Easter and I am not one-third of the way through it yet. I have posts to write and talks to prepare and I have been floundering.

On Saturday last week, I went to the first Christian Writers’ Fair to be held in Johannesburg ever. The organisers had imagined a good turn out of 30 or so writers. There were 150+ of us! I spoke to someone who had come up from Durban – a journey of over 5 hours by road, just to attend. There were published authors and beginners, publishers and editors. People networked and the buzz was exciting. Even before the day started people were talking about their writing – successes and challenges – and the ever-daunting mountain of building ‘a list’ of followers and designing a blog to get your name out there.

I was interested in being there and learning what I could from the excellent line-up of international speakers, all of whom were experts in their fields of writing and publishing and the technological challenges that face us all.

But I did not expect one comment by one of the speakers to open the floodgates of inspiration for me. I had been praying about the direction my work in progress should take. But this one comment sent me off along an unexpected road and the blockage was swept away in floods of inspiration! Since then I have written two chapters and my protagonist is taking shape – whereas before I had no idea who he or she was or what they thought or did or anything about them. It has been a roller-coaster ride of writing this week.

So my blog post was put to one side. But here it is – better late than never, I suppose.

I had no response to my suggestion about serialising one of my novels – I am not sure if that is silent agreement by default or horror at the thought. Or perhaps no-one read the post! So I will pray a little bit more about it and in the meantime, continue to write independent posts each week.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have a novel to write …



About Mandy Hackland

My love in life is to encourage others to deepen their relationship with God. I write devotional material, stories and small group studies with that in mind. I live in South Africa and also love spending time in the bush, bird watching and walking. I have moved to the coast and am enjoying the green spaces and beautiful vistas that surround me, reminding me of God's grace every day.
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1 Response to Stuck – again

  1. Justin says:

    Keep going Mandy, your title is what caught my eye – “stuck again”. We’re all in this digital game together – pushing and testing to see what works. The point is – people are still analogue, we all struggle on some days and fly on others. Being real is the key, so keep up the good work.

    Novels in a series. Love it.

    Good luck.

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