Writing. It’s so easy yet so hard. My writing process is a bit of a mix. I call it the 3P’s of Writing. Praying, Pantsing, and Plotting.
Prayer is an essential part of the writing process for me. I’m a left brain thinker. Which means I’m organized, structured, keep good notes, don’t over commit and don’t under commit. This is a great way to live life, but as a writer it stunts the artistic side. I easily get caught up in editing, structure and social media more than the writing.
So before I write I pray.
I’m so left brained, God has to activate the right side when He needs me to use it 😉
When the good Lord puts a book on my heart He gives me the basic concept of the book, ie: Transformation, Loving Like Jesus, Prayer, etc. Each day I read in whatever spiritual growth book I’m currently reading, I check out the daily Jesus Calling devotion and I journal my prayer. As I meditate, listen to podcasts and pray throughout my days, the Lord puts the book on my heart. One chapter at a time. Most often He gives me a new chapter heading and the rest stems from that one title. This is the pantsing part of my process.
Just today I felt stuck. I needed an example of someone is scripture to visually provide the concept I was trying to get across. A real life example of what the concept looks like. I’ve been struggling with this particular part of my book for a while now. I woke up this morning and went through my routine. Then the Lord gave me exactly the example I needed. While I’ve yet to write it out, I make my notes and keep trekking along, one chapter at a time.
Since I’ve lately been writing non-fiction this works for me.
I just let God lead.
While I don’t know how or when the book will be finished, God does and His story I’m telling anyway, right? So while there are times this particular process is frustrating it works and it’s all to His glory.
The plotting comes at the end. As I generate my table of contents based on my chapter headings, I look at all of the them and determine the order in which they should go. Looking for a beginning, middle and end to bring about a full life cycle concept of the book I’m writing. Then I go back through the finished product and rearrange it to fit my table of contents and proposal outlines.
It sounds a bit backwards, but it works for me and that’s all that counts. If you are stuck in your writing journey try using the 3P’s of writing and see how it works for you!
Question: Can you relate to the 3P’s of writing or does it bring about more confusion?