• Laura Hardin

My Writing in 2020 Will Read Like Drafts, And I'm Okay With That

A little over a year ago Tim Challies did a series on blogging that compelled many writers to get back to the business of personal blogging, saying what they want to say how they want to say it. In one post, he writes:

And as I think about the future of Christian blogging, this is one of my foremost concerns—that as bloggers migrate away from personal blogs to instead submit their content to ministry sites, we are giving away the ability to say what we want to say, when we want to say it, and how we want to say it. We are also diminishing the training ground in which we grow in our ability to express ourselves with greater skill. That’s not at all to impugn the motives or track records of the various ministries, but to say we will develop better writing and writers when we can write substantially and freely. The best of both worlds is that people will continue to blog and continue to submit material to these ministry sites.

And Trillia Newbell, author of God's Very Good Idea and Sacred Endurance, upon reading his series decided to start a series of her own, called the first draft series, in which she would not obsess over grammar, perfect words, or perfect images. She writes:

Over the next few months, I’m going to write first drafts and post them. No editing. No scheduling when it’s done. I’m going to write when I can during the week, giving myself about 30 minutes and then post it. I will look for a photo but I’m not going to spend more than 5 minutes hunting. I will write about whatever my heart desires: my time with the Lord, the weather, what I’m reading, confession, whatever. This series will be appropriately called First Draft. J

Gotta love the typo, right?

So in this first post, describing new direction for 2020, I defer to their words. I may submit elsewhere when it makes sense, but this year I'm not striving for that. I'm not setting aside time to work my writing if that makes sense. I write because I cannot stop writing. I share because I enjoy putting my words out there and allowing God to use them to bless whomever he will. But I'm not following a schedule. I'm not worrying about whether the content fits my niche. I'm not pressuring it to produce opportunity for me. Nope. I'm getting words out and working out these writing muscles, cultivating my voice and engaging with the broader online community. And this excites me.