Finding This Blog's Focal Point - Part II
Two weeks ago I wrote about how I was looking for the focal point of this blog. I thought by now I would have determined what it was to be, but I have yet to do so. And it’s not that there is a shortage of means to help me figure it out. There are books, blogs, and articles dedicated to helping writers find their focus, whatever medium it is they happen to be working in.
Obviously I’m doing something wrong. Mainly, I’m failing to answer the questions of “Who is my ideal reader?” and “Why do you write?” Oh, wait – there’s one more: “What is your voice?”
It’s not that I’m brand spanking new to this whole writing thing, either. I’ve been plugging away at it with various levels of intensity for somewhere around twelve years now. I’ve completed two writing courses and am in the midst of a third. I blog. I’ve had one article published and recently (at long last) put out a second piece for consideration. I have a fan fiction story to complete.
But ask me to define my voice or to find a niche for this blog, and, well . . . suddenly I’m very engrossed in Pinterest and People.com. (I’m really avoiding stuff when I’m surfing People.com.) (Though I would totally get Anne Hathaway’s pixie-style haircut if I had the hair and the head for it.) I don’t know why I so struggle with voice and niches.
Wait – scratch that. I do kind of know why: I don’t know if I’m serving self with what I write or if I’m serving/glorifying God. Am I looking to make a name for me, or am I looking to make God known in one way or another with the words I string together?
This isn’t a struggle I alone deal with. My husband (a very creative guy) and I were talking about it one afternoon, and he said the “why” behind the writing of stories or songs, the making of paintings or sculptures, is often one of the biggest hurdles for Christians to overcome for now their motives are coming into question. Are you serving narcissistic tendencies? Or are you glorifying God with what you do?
It’s a pretty effective way of stifling a person. Or at least it is for me. Particularly as we all seem to have different ideas as to what constitutes a “God-glorifying piece of work”. But that is another matter to be tackled another day.
So for now, I sit. I ponder. I wrestle. I pray. And I keep on writing for, eventually, I will find the focal point for this blog. Thank you to all who have stuck with me this far – it means a lot.
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