Bearing Fruit in Dry Times

February 28th, 2012

How does one bear fruit in a dry season?  A “dry season” to a writer is often what we call burnout or writer’s block.  Burnout or writer’s block is often caused by circumstances.  Some of those circumstances could be described as working long hours at our “9 to 5” job. Stress can also cause burnout and/or writer’s block.

Although personal situations may drive our circumstances, we must still bear fruit – even when our “season” is dry.  Often we want to bear the fruit without bearing the burden that allows us to bear the fruit.  So, what does that mean?  We want to have our cake and eat it, too.  We enjoy the finished product of writing, but we don’t enjoy what we have to go through to get to the finished product.

In many instances, the situations that generate the stress, burnout, and writer’s block can and will become the fuel to quicken our writing spirit. We write what we know. Instead of allowing writer’s block to weigh us down, flip that script and write what you know.

What is causing your writer’s block?  I find writing about my challenges allows me to focus on those challenges and overcome them. Many times I have said that writing is therapeutic. There have been times when the answer to my situation comes to me as I’m writing.

Instead of dwelling on the obstacle, I allow myself to become lost in my writing. The situation may still be there when I’m finished writing, but at least I did not allow the situation to stop me. I write and I bear fruit – even in and as I’m going through a dry season!

One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 35:1(KJV), “The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose.”  Now, that’s bearing fruit in a dry place!

Written by Lorraine Castle. ©2012

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