Climbing the Mountain

So I’ve been trying to write this novel.

And I’ve been hitting wall after wall. Questions keep popping up like: What the heck am I doing? Why in the world am I doing this? Who said I needed to write this anyway?

Basically, I feel like I’m climbing a huge mountain by myself with a map I hastily drew on the back of a napkin. And it’s not like I’m a trained mountain climber. I’m wearing newly purchased hiking boots and some sunglasses, but I feel woefully out of shape and I wish I had thought to pack some hearty snacks.

It’s been an interesting process.

One thing I’m learning is that when I force myself to be creative, good stuff sometimes comes out.

I’ve been surprising myself. Of course my novel is a mess. How could I expect anything less when I have never done this before? But it’s an interesting mess. I think it’s at least a little bit interesting.

The coolest part about writing is when you capture something true, when you articulate something you didn’t fully understand before, something right below the surface of your conscious thought that just needed the right opportunity to arise, when you write a completely fictitious scene that captures something real about life and helps you understand yourself better.

There’s no other feeling like it.

So I’m going to keep pressing on. I’m determined to climb this mountain. And when I have, I feel certain I won’t be the same as when I started.



Subscribe to the Mailing List
Liked what you read? Don't miss out on future posts!

Enter your email below to receive updates when new content is published on the blog! (You will also get access to Elizabeth's 5-part email series Slow Down and Breathe.)

I promise to keep your email safe from spammers!

Posted by

Elizabeth holds to simple faith in a complex world. She values the beauty of the everyday and strives for vulnerability with other imperfect humans. She is currently pursuing her MDiv at Fuller Theological Seminary, so when she isn't busy writing academic papers, she is usually out enjoying the LA sunshine. She is constantly learning, laughing, and finding herself in awe of grace.

4 thoughts on “Climbing the Mountain

Add your thoughts

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.