On of my favorite podcasts on the topic of writing is Novel Marketing. A recent episode involved an interview with Allen Arnold who was in the publishing business for twenty years but talks more like a person of the heart than of the bottom line. It’s a rare combo and what he shared was so good I want to share it with you.
Doesn’t that tug at something deep?
Though aimed at authors, any of us might find ourselves in a desert. My creativity may involve words and yours cooking or teaching or even spreadsheets. Part of the way we reflect God’s image is in our creativeness.
You may be in the desert of:
1. Lost Dreams. They said this isn’t related to success. You can experience lost dreams at any point in a creative journey. Dreams of how a relationship may look like, how hard or easy the fruition of the dream may be, how interested others may be in our dream can all be sources of loss.
2. Of Self. The desert of self involves thinking it is all up to ME. How hard you work or who you know is the only way your creative endeavor will succeed.
3. Of Striving. Related to, but different from the desert of self, this desert takes the life blood out of your work. That which gave you joy, no longer does.
I’m not in any of these deserts at the moment, but they are not unfamiliar territory and as I said, I image they are familiar to you too. Sometimes when we are in a desert, all we know is we feel dry and can’t figure out where to even start. May these simple phrases act as bread crumbs pointing you out of the desert. I don’t wish a desert on you, but I’m not naive enough to think one won’t come.
If you happen to be in a desert now, which one of these three resonates with you? What was the last desert you were in? Any types of deserts you’d add?