“The difference between the almost right word and the right word is really a large matter. ’tis the difference between the lightning bug and the lightning.” Mark Twain

Details, details...

I wish I hadn't waited FIVE YEARS to start writing this book! So many of the details have escaped me (thank the Lord my husband seems to have a better memory - about some of the stuff anyway). I just got clarification as to who drove (between the two of us) to the ER that first time.

I am making VERY SLOW progress on my writing - if I'm getting 100 words done a day, it's good. I know it's partly because the kids are home all the time, and I'm trying to get into a routine, but I wonder if there isn't something else involved.

I SO want this book to be accurate, and to impact people who are struggling, that I think I am laboring over each word - perhaps too soon.

Maybe what I need is to just write - find somewhere quiet (LOL yeah right!) and set a timer and just let my pen "blabber" so to speak. Not worry about getting it exactly right (I can double check stuff later) or being sure I emphasize the stuff I want emphasized.

I may have an opportunity to do that today, since Andrew is at camp this morning. Maybe I can send Annika outside and do it.

Pray for me!


  1. Praying for you, Jo dear. That's a good idea to just write. Let God take over your pen or keyboard and just flow in Him. Enjoy the process. Love you so much!

  2. Yes, I will pray. Perhaps just start journaling some of your thoughts, fears, emotions, answered prayer, praises, needs at the time...perhaps just writing as you said will jolt a story into existence. In the meantime, hopefully many others will be blessed. ;)

  3. Yup, I agree. Try the blabbering pen--it always amazes me what comes out when my pen just takes over. *grin* I think there's a lot to be said for NaNoWriMo--it makes you capture and then go back later.

    Definitely praying for you. I can see where it'd be hard to go back there and relive some of it!!

  4. Pink becomes you! You are a good inspiration to the rest of us to keep on track with our writing.

  5. I'm sure you have heard of NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) where you write a whole novel in one month. I like the idea that you just sit down and write without putting too much effort into it. By the end of the month, you should at least have a very rough draft of a book to revise and work with. You may want to take this approach. I guess it depends on what writing style suits you best. You are a better writer than I am, so I probably shouldn't be giving you advice on this. LOL.


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