Writing Seasons

Ecclesiastes 3 7b

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven…” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).

Some readers were amazed that I am writing my 15th book. Well, I used to take 3 years to write one book, 10 years to write another, 2 years to write yet another… So I can tell you that I haven’t always been this prolific. So why wasn’t I able to write more?

I wasn't able to write much for the first 12 years as a mom. Until my son became a teenager and started attending an academy, I spent all my time homeschooling. I wrote so little it was pitiful. But there is a time for everything, as we know.

A time to write, a time to read.

A time to work, a time to rest.

Nevertheless, any time is a good time to seek the Lord and spend time in His Word. If you’re a writer struggling to write, maybe you can keep a journal. Write in your journal every day what the Lord is showing you and teaching you through the quiet season. It keeps your writing juice going. 

I kept a journal even when I was not able to write my fiction. In fact, after 17 years of journaling, I put some of what I wrote into a devotional for writers.

Yes, in God's economy, nothing goes to waste…


"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace” (Ecclesiastes 3:1-8).

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