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Renaissance Man or Jack of All Trades? – Part 2

Yesterday, I wrote about how I’m drawn to try new things, instead of, for instance, resting on my music laurels—whatever those are. (Check out yesterday’s post.)

See, I have a couple story ideas. Basic plotlines and characters for two different novels. However, I’ve not dabbled in fiction in quite a long time. Really, not since high school English class. The same could be said of composing. I was prolific in high school. I’d sit in class and write lyrics, which I’d set to music later at home. Now, none of it was any good, but at least I was exercising that creative muscle.

Once Upon a Time

Back to the fiction. Since I love technology, I searched for an iPad app or computer software to help me develop my ideas. There are some wonderful tools for storyboarding, character development, research organization, etc. But I was intimidated by these tools, because I realized there might be a bit more to writing fiction than simply opening a new Word document and starting with, “Once upon a time …”

I love good fiction to the point that I’d probably not be satisfied with anything I’d attempt. See, I seldom offer myself grace like I do for others. I forget that I’m simply a novice, that I haven’t been writing for 25 years like I’ve been playing music. But I’m also concerned about these ideas, which I think are unique and full of potential, because I doubt I’ll be able to do them justice. So I’ll start somewhere else.

I’m going to employ some creative writing exercises, the result of which I may even post here. But this means I may need to write less blog posts. I’ll try to stay somewhat regular with posting, though likely not every day. I’m not going to force myself to write a post just to get it out there. I did that the other day. When I was done with the post, I realized that I didn’t even want to read it, and I usually like what I write­—at least, I’m growing comfortable with my voice, just like I had to with my singing voice.

Looking for the Ideal Coffee House

The other day I visited a new coffee place. New for me, at least. A friend told me about it. I sat down with my bagel and coffee and thought, I could write in a place like this. That was my first thought. I usually work in coffee houses, getting stuff done for music ministry, and I occasionally write blog posts. But that new place triggered something. It said, You can do this. So I’m going to try.

Would I be better served focusing my artistic vigor into one form? Perhaps. But if I have the ability, then I want to invest in it. Jesus said something about how we’ll be asked about what we did with what God gave us.

I may never master any of my trades, but I will certainly enjoy them.

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2 thoughts on “Renaissance Man or Jack of All Trades? – Part 2

  1. Since I just found you I will miss your regular posts, but to “everything there is a season.”  I could comment on lots more of this, but I might bore you.  May God bless your writing and enjoy an extra cup of coffee for me!

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    1. I’ll still be writing but won’t force myself to, only when there’s something I want to write. This will help me to consider better who I’m writing to, rather than just getting it out there.

      Thanks for the constant encouragement.

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