A Million Ways To Load The Dishes

There are a million different ways to load a dishwasher. If you don’t believe me, you should come to my house and see the different ways my kids have experimented with that chore.

Melted and mangled spatulas and bowls have been victims of creativity. If we are fortunate enough to have clean dishes when it’s over, I’m excited.

But at my house, ever beware of the dish that isn’t clean and hit the cupboard. Trust me, day old lasagna doesn’t turn on the taste buds. But hey, any help is good, right?

As writer’s we have a million different ways to approach the process of writing. That is okay, but there are a few things to keep in mind, or you’ll be left with dirty dishes and have to start over.

A few mangled story tips before disaster strikes:

*Process can be a creative thing. If someone wants you to change the whole process of your writing just because they do it differently, be true to yourself. No one writes exactly alike.

*Work for craft expectations. Even though you are writing in your style, be sure to have the basic components necessary for your story. You may get to the end result a different way, but you must get there if you want to be published.

*Put aside stubbornness and arrogance. Our way isn’t always the best way to do things. If our process brings out a weak story, it is time to revisit the process we use and adjust it to meet the desired outcome. If you dig in your feet, and profess your way best, sometimes you miss the mentors God brought into your life for His purpose.

*Remember your are forever a writer in training. You’ve never arrived at being the best author ever. You should continually look for ways to grow as a writer. Tweak your methods. Find your rhythm, all the while studying the process of others to refine your own.

*God made each dish loader different. If God wanted a cookie cutter writer, He would have formed us all from the same mold. Each of us are different because He has different plans for our writing. Don’t despise the path He is carving for you. It may be a faster or slower track to publication, but it is uniquely yours and God made you for that purpose.

How do you like to write? Are you a pantser(Seat of the pants writer) or a plotter? What do you do that is different than other authors?



About Michelle Lim

Author Michelle Lim is the Brainstorming/Huddle Coach with My Book Therapy Press and the Midwest Zone Director for American Christian Fiction Writers. Michelle’s romantic suspense is represented by Karen Solem of Spencillhill Associates and has gained contest recognition in the Frasier, the Genesis, and the Phoenix Rattler, winning the Genesis in 2015 for her genre. Michelle writes devotionals for The Christian Pulse Online Magazine and Putting On The New. Since her nonfiction book release, Idea Sparking: How To Brainstorm Conflict In Your Novel, through public speaking and online chats Michelle helps writers discover the revolutionary power of brainstorming to bring new life to their stories.

2 thoughts on “A Million Ways To Load The Dishes

  1. Beth K. Vogt says:

    Once again, another truth –well, several of ’em — woven in a fun word picture. Thanks so much!

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    You’re welcome, Beth!

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