I was thinking about two writers I know from Ohio: Laurie Knowlton who has written 31 books http://www.laurieknowlton.com/ and Dandi Mackall who has written over 400 http://www.dandibooks.com/. Like Jane and me, they are very different in personality. Laurie is super bubbly, and kind of loud (in a good way), and very energetic. Dandi is more reserved, very graceful and gentle, and soft-spoken. They are great writers, teachers and speakers. They are good friends. I was impressed when I learned that they talk on the phone every day in order to encourage and keep each other going, and to pray together.
Sometimes in the past, I’ve been reluctant to mention the part that religion plays in my writing. But after reading about yet another author who prays each day before she begins to write. I decided to try it. I’ve always believed in praying over family and other concerns. And writing is my work, so why not pray over it? I can tell a difference. I believe it helps me focus and be more creative.
LDS leader Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave a talk a couple of years ago about being creative, entitled The Work of Creation. While I listened to him speak, it seemed the words were meant just for me. But maybe they will resonate with you as well. Here is an excerpt: “The desire to create is one of the deepest yearnings of the human soul. Creation brings deep satisfaction and fulfillment. We develop ourselves and others when we take unorganized matter into our hands and mold it into something of beauty. Our birthright—and the purpose of our great voyage on this earth—is to seek and experience eternal happiness. One of the ways we find this is by creating things. What you create doesn’t have to be perfect. Don’t let fear of failure discourage you. Don’t let the voice of critics paralyze you—whether that voice comes from the outside or the inside. The more you trust and rely upon the Spirit, the greater your capacity to create. That is your opportunity in this life and your destiny in the life to come. Trust and rely on the Spirit. As you take the normal opportunities of your daily life and create something of beauty and helpfulness, you improve not only the world around you but also the world within you.” -President Dieter F. Uchtdorf http://lds.org/ldsorg/v/index.jsp?hideNav=1&locale=0&sourceId=ae484bb52a73d110VgnVCM100000176f620a____&vgnextoid=f318118dd536c010VgnVCM1000004d82620aRCRD