Writing is full of mountains and valleys. Mountains are my favorite – they are the times where the words are flying off the page, and I wish I could type 100 words a second because I might lose a thought. Usually these mountains are encountered at the most inconvenient of times – when I’m at work or in the middle of a conversation with someone, for example.
Valleys are a little more difficult to navigate. I know that I should write. The story is there. The outline is written out. I have a general idea of what I want to do for the plot. But when I go to sit down and try to write, the words won’t come. My fingers feel like they have a ton of lead put in each one. Typing out one word is more difficult than anything.
It is during writer’s block that I find myself getting frustrated. Why can’t I think of something to write? Why is it so hard to continue the amazing plotline I wrote out? The best thing to do in this situation is to get up and walk away. I don’t think about the novel or poem or whatever literary piece I am trying to write. I have also found that it is helpful to read other novels, see what else is out there. Explore other peoples’ writing methods. One morning I’ll wake up and feel inspired all over again.
This can be related to faith, as well. There are the mountains where I feel like I’m on a “spiritual high.” God and I are best buds, we communicate everything to each other, and I feel like I know His every thought (ha ha, right).
Between these mountains, however, are huge valleys full of despair, discipline, and struggle. The valleys are the times when I feel like I have plunged down a dark hole and can’t see the way out. I wonder where God has been, even though it was me that went lax in our relationship. I wonder what I did wrong, why I am such a horrible person, why God has left me (again, ha ha).
It is in these valleys that I grow the most as a Christian. As I start walking up a moutainside, I start to see the benefit in the struggle. It was meant to bring me back to God. Sometimes we are close. But there are a good amount of times where we really aren’t on good terms, but I got lazy and assumed that we were. God allows me to explore the valleys because it is in those valleys that I realize how much I have fallen by the wayside. They help me miss Him. They help me realize my need for Him.
When you feel hopeless, remember that it is important to be patient. Be patient with yourself and realize that you are human and won’t have everything figured out right away. Be patient with those around you as they try to understand what is going on. Don’t be afraid to tell others of your struggles – whether it be writer’s block or going through a valley – but don’t rely on them to carry everything for you. Give yourself time to recover and think of something new and amazing that God has in store. Remember to look up while you’re in that valley. You’d be surprised to find what you have been missing.