About a month ago, I decided to take a hiatus from sharing my writing publicly. And it’s taken me about a month to figure out why and to articulate that to you.
Life has, of course, as always, been busy. My family and I did a lot of adventuring together this summer, in spite of COVID (but observing the safety guidelines). I think we had more time alone as a nuclear family than we ever have had, and I’m grateful for it.
I’ve been taking online courses in editing and continuing to work as an assistant to a science editor. It’s probably been three or four months that I’ve known I wanted to focus on editing for a source of income. I enjoy the straightforward nature of the work and am able to put to use my usually annoying eye for correctness.
As the school year has started up for my kids, my responsibilities have increased as a remote learning coach. They go to in-person school for 2 glorious hours per day. And 2 days before school started, we received our first foster care placement. He is a charming, easy-to-love 3-year-old, and we are having a blast. On top of all that, we’ve adopted a dog! We didn’t intend for all this to happen in the same 7 days, but that is just how life goes sometimes.
I share all this first because it’s more comfortable to do what’s expected: I’m too busy to blog. There is some truth to that, but I could’ve arranged my priorities differently to make time for writing. And honestly, I do still write quite a bit as a way of thinking more clearly.
The main reason I’ve decided to put a pause on blogging and other public writing is this sense that it’s better to listen than to speak. As it goes in Proverbs, “Where words are many, sin is not absent.” This world is so full of wise, helpful, insightful words. I do have a lot to say, but I have far more to hear.
I’ve had trouble knowing where to focus my creative attention. Do I ask what most people I’m connected with want to read? In that case, I imagine it would be articles about spiritual life. The concern stated above rings truest here.
Do I focus on personal creative writing, as comes most naturally? Then I want it to be the best it can be, which takes a lot of time, especially in a longitudinal sense. I’d like to give each piece I write a few week’s rest before I come back to it for revisions.
I am prompted to take this hiatus by the value of being quick to listen and slow to speak. This is a bit of an experiment, I guess. My biggest worry in doing this is that I will realize that my life is just fine without serious writing. But if I can get away without writing, then I’d do better to just be a listener, an enjoyer, a processer, and an observer. In short, if I can manage without being a writer, then I’d do better to be mainly a reader. Which is not a diminutive thing at all.
I will leave the site up for a while, but I imagine that if I decide to share my writing in the future, I’ll revamp the site, hopefully with a lot more focus.
Thank you to those who have tuned in along the way. Thank you for your encouraging words and for being listeners.
All the best,