Friday, September 2, 2011

Dreaming Dreams


I sit, homemade planner on my lap, the white Holiday Inn pen with the blue top in my hand, and the thought comes unbidden - "I love to write!" Just the physical act of putting words on paper brings a sense of satisfaction. When those words take the form of ideas and stories that encourage and entertain, it is sheer joy.

I long to do it well, to learn to be a skilled craftsman. There is nothing I like more than listening to writers talk about writing, to learn from those who do it with excellence. A close second would have to be just plain talking about writing with those who love the written word - iron sharpening iron.*

I have dreamed dreams about writing but often felt I've let too much time go by, that I am too old now to make the dream come true. I'd like to have the time and the opportunity to explore the possibilities.

The staff at High Calling is providing a place to do just that, at Laity Lodge. Set in the Texas hill country, surrounded by breathtaking scenery, it is the perfect place to come away for a short time and concentrate on writing. You can read all about the Writers Retreat here at their website. If you are a member of the High Calling Community and would like a chance to attend the conference for free, you can get all the information here.

Blessings,
Linda

*Proverbs 27:17

7 comments:

  1. Go for it Linda! You're very good at putting things on paper, and you're definitely not too old! Are you going to the retreat?

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  2. I keep telling you - you have the gift! As Paul told Timothy, "Fan the flame" of your gift! Grandma Moses started painting in her 80s or something like that. You have such a good start!! I expect to see you in print yet, dear friend.

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  3. I keep meaning to check that site out--must follow through.
    You do have a gift for writing and it is never too late to let it shine. There's a depth in you that couldn't have been there before which makes your writings richer. Keep writing, dear Linda.

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  4. What an excellent opportunity this will be for some fortunate person. Just the gathering of all of you together will be gift.

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  5. i hope that you get the opportunity to chase that dream...smiles. it is a dream of mine to write as well...

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  6. You are not too old to be a writer, Linda! You are doing it, right here, right now!

    And if you have the opportunity to come to Laity, I simply cannot wait to steal you away ... all to myself. (Is that selfish?)

    xoxo

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  7. Linda, you have a stack of excellent teachers represented in those books. I have read many of them over the years. Often, after finishing one of them, I felt inspired and empowered to keep writing, to keep practicing, to, Lord willing, keep improving.

    Charity is seeking to develop her craft--she invited people to join her on a "master training" project of sorts. http://charitysingleton.blogspot.com/2011/09/becoming-masterful.html

    Perhaps you could join her?

    annkroeker.com

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