Literally anything can be the spark that ignites into a composition. However, it is seldom one spark, but a whole train of thoughts and experiences that coalesce into an idea. The idea bounces around in my thoughts for a while. It grows as I consider the concept. It accompanies me as I read, think, and interact with others. I am always looking at what forms our way of looking at the world. Where do the ideas originate. How do I get at the core of what motivates our thinking. How do I highlight healthy thinking and expose the entrapment of errant thinking.
At some point in this process, the idea begins to formulate into something I can mold into words. It strengthens within. Often the sentences begin to form in my mind. One sentence will lead to the next on an invisible sheet of paper. I write in my head before I make it visible. Once the writing begins inside, it is begging to be made manifest. Then I write.
I begin with what I wrote on that invisible mental page, and then, from there, flows the rest. I pull on all the thoughts, experiences, and research calling it forth like a conductor does a symphony. The composition takes shape.
All of this process occurs in the constant company of the Holy Spirit. From the first thoughts that begin to formulate into an idea, to the concept that gains strength and especially in the inner writing, I draw upon the substance only the Spirit can provide. When His grace is present to write, I can sometimes feel the gentle force of His being within and upon me.
Then there are times where my writing is flat, forced, and shallow. It doesn’t bear his stamp. It is not that it does not communicate true facts, but it is way more me than Him. I can feel it’s emptiness in comparison to when I’ve communicated His substance. Facts are flat one dimensional things. Truth has thickness, depth, and substance. Where facts are finite, earthy, and temporal, truth is infinite, heavenly, and transcendent.
Sometimes I feel the urge to write without any content from which to transpose. These are moments where I might tap into the Lord or I might just write from myself, but it is a joy to write nonetheless.
So there you have a picture of my writing process. I hope you will check out other content on my website as well as my new eBook Back to the Future: Rebuilding America’s Stability now available on Amazon, iBooks, and Barnes & Noble.
I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it. ~ Ernest Hemingway