A common idealized picture of a writer might have a desk, a cozy study, and a warm cup of coffee, or hot chocolate, or maybe a glass of scotch. It’s a solitary picture where the writer’s wrestling away at crafting beautiful sentences that build into captivating stories.
It’s a picturesque idea that makes my heart ache for such focused time. But realistically, our day and age does not allow for such time unless we wrest it, kicking and screaming, from our electronic devices, our bloated schedules, and our own over-zealous expectations.
And if you’re a self-published writer, that time is all the more precious. I knew, vaguely, how much went into producing and promoting a book, but the hats of editing, designing, marketing-the list could be endless-can be as heavy and demanding as a hat made of lead.
It would be easy under that weight to forget the joy of simply creating the story, to forget why all those hats are worth it when the day’s finished.
The joy of writing is a precious jewel. We’ll call it a sapphire. And the setting that holds it is the time we carve out for it. Writing and time. Jewel and golden setting. I plan to cradle those things in my hands and remember why I love this business.
Usually every year December is my month for family. I take a break from everything else. This year, I’m starting a smidgeon early and am going to take the time to cradle that precious jewel and remember why it’s worth the other hats.
Thank you, Dear Readers, for an amazing year. You make this journey truly worth every minute. I hope your holidays are blessed and filled with lots of chocolate, beautiful music, special people, and whatever else makes this season extraordinary for you. I’ll see you in the New Year, perhaps with something newly crafted and captivating.
Until next time, blessings,
14 thoughts on “The Jewel”
What a lovely picture! Hope your holidays include lots of chocolate also!!! 😉
Yay chocolate! 😃 I like the way you think!
Have a blessed holiday season, Jennifer! See you in the new year! 🙂
Have a blessed season, Naomi! 😊
Enjoy your break, and happy holidays!
Happy Holidays back! Hope your November writing to running along smoothly 🙂
Good plan. Hopefully Dad is now in Haiti. Couple of delays so far.. With Rphman’s now. Love you sweet thing♥️
I’ll keep everything in my prayers 🙂
Enjoy some quiet and peace in His presence.
Great advice 🙂
Good plan! maybe family time will inspire you!
Maybe! It always good for my heart 🙂
Brilliant plan! Take the time you need to remember why you’re writing in the first place.
Hope your own writing is going well 😊