Sometimes my writing flows. The story appears in my head fully formed. The words pour out of my fingertips. It feels like the Lord Himself is dictating my prose.

I love it when writing happens like that. Don’t you? But it’s rare…for me anyway. Most of the time, I get an idea, and I start writing, but it doesn’t exactly slide from my head to the paper (or computer screen) fully formed. Writing can be, and often is, a lot of work. Like they say, it’s generally a lot more perspiration than inspiration.

But you know, if it was always easy, anyone could do it. And I like to think that God has gifted me with a handful (or more) of stories to tell in my own way. Sometimes, he almost writes them for me. Most of the time, however, he lets me work through them so I can improve my craft, learn perseverance, and maybe become a bit more like Him in some way. And that’s fine with me.

I’m willing to perspire a bit to put out a quality piece–as long as it inspires my reader to look to the One who directed me.

Do you find writing to be more inspiration or perspiration? How do you feel about these two aspects of your craft?

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