My Eureka Moment

I’ve come very far along with The Silver Trumpet (No. 10 in my Bell Mountain series), having been at it since April: 40 chapters, in fact. Even so, as of yesterday, I had absolutely no idea how the story should end.

Years ago, my procedure was to dope out the whole plot, along with all the subplots, before I wrote a word. Everything was on color-coded index cards, with extra material, like detailed biographies for all the major characters. in notebooks.

I don’t do it that way anymore. Instead, I just send up a prayer, asking the Lord to give me the story He wants me to tell, and start writing. I generally don’t know where I’m going till I’m almost there, and I get a lot of surprises along the way.

Yesterday I went to the eye doctor and couldn’t write when I got home, my eyes being too dilated to see properly. So I sat outside, taking advantage of a gorgeously sunny day, with my Mr. Cool sunglasses and a nice cigar, just sitting.

And then, as Rocky Graziano used to say, wham!–it hit me. The whole climax of The Silver Trumpet flashed into my brain in less time than it takes me to tell you about it. It was God answering my prayer, and in a way He has done several times before. I have to say it’s kind of overwhelming!

And I love it.

Now I can go straight ahead and write the rest of the book. I know what I have to do, and all I’ve got to do is write it. I asked the Lord to lead me, and He has.

If I can just get it all done before the cold weather kicks in…

5 comments on “My Eureka Moment

  1. The Silver Trumpet – the Word of God. So happy to be sharing in this and am looking forward to purchasing #10. I haven’t finished reading The Temple, thank you very much. I’ll be ordering another book in the series, but am not sure yet which one. I would hate to miss being able to collect the entire series because one book is no longer available. Is that possible…

    1. The publisher makes sure all ten books stay in print, so all ten are available all the time.
      I recommend starting with “Bell Mountain,” the first book in the series.

  2. Because we are created in the image of God, we like to create. I love it when He makes His presence known during our creative process. I’ve seen God’s Hand at work when writing poetry. Although most of my poetry friends would attribute the poetic inspiration to Erato, the poetry muse, I give God the glory because it is His work in me that is creating the poem. In fact, sometimes I feel like I’m sitting on the sidelines and watching Him do all the work. Have you ever felt that kind of Presence in your creativity?

  3. I remember once reading an article that discussed the merits of letting go of some of the responsibility. The idea is that true art requires something beyond the artist’s control, and trying to take on the entire burden creates undue stress. Of course nothing can happen unless the artist picks up their tools and begins working with their medium, but they also need to accept that this is only part of the equation. Every day, or every week, they need to devote a certain amount of time to their craft, and trust that if they do this regularly, sometimes fortune will shine upon them, and something remarkable will happen, but only if they continue to work at it, regardless of what happens.

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