Writers often face crisis in their personal life that threatens to hinder their writing life. We struggle to make sense of senseless situations. Like other human beings, we need to answer the Why questions. But we have an advantage.
Writers also have the unique opportunity to process tangled emotions, delve into helpful research, and discover amazing stories from their personal struggles. With an investment of time and effort on our parts, we not only unearth our own answers, but can help do so for others. And could we have a greater meaning in life than to assist our fellow-man?
Here’s a list of questions I use to help me endure the hard times, by pondering their purpose in my future writing:
- “Why is this happening? Could there be a greater good to come from my current trouble?”
- “What is God entrusting me with? Are there lessons to learn, or stories I can tell?”
- “Where can I find energy when I’m tired and feel like giving up? Could I look ahead to an article, blog post, devotion, or even a book topic that might result from this difficulty?”
- “Who can I trust? Many of my friends are uncomfortable with my situation, so could this solitude help me reach out to God and eventually touch others in pain?”
- “When will I find relief? If I’m to believe that in “all” things, good come to those who love God, what good could possibly come from this? Maybe a future writing project?”
- “How should I approach this? Can I look into the Bible and find answers to help me and others?”
Writers and humans sometimes experience heart searing pain. But sweet relief often comes from the deeper meaning we find in our problems. Making sense of senseless circumstances is a life-long pursuit, but being a writer offers insights into a process that helps. Experience is the best teacher, and this is our highest calling.
Anita Agers-Brooks is a Business Coach, Certified Personality Trainer, Productivity Specialist, Certified Team Training Facilitator, Marketing Specialist, national speaker, and author. She lives in Missouri with her husband Ricky.
She’s passionate about business with integrity, healthy marriage, and issues of identity. She travels the country teaching others from her personal experiences and research.