When Lightening Strikes – How To Cope With Writing Storms

The most amazing lightening storm I’ve witnessed struck the Bad Lands when my family vacationed a few years back. The air sizzled with the charge as we drove through the darkness. Lightening struck the earth til it shook. Then the rain started. An awesome and terrifying display at the same time.

Has lightening struck your writing life?

Maybe you’ve been rejected, got back your contest results, ran out of money to go to conferences or just plain feel the despair of always landing at not quite.

Has lightening burnt out your passion for writing?

Maybe you just don’t know why your writing keeps getting rejected. Maybe your inspiration is being squelched by the critiques or criticism of others.

Has lightening struck your personal life?

Maybe you’ve experienced a loss or tragedy in your personal life. Maybe your loved ones aren’t supporting your writing efforts.

How powerful is our God who created the storms in nature?

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance?” Isaiah 41:12 (NIV)

God is so powerful that He can hold all of the oceans in His hands. He can hold you too.

When Lightening Strikes How Do I Cope?

*Search on the internet for verses about encouragement, God’s power, God’s direction, and other things that speak into your need. Paste these verses into a document and print them out. Read them everyday. Try memorizing a few.

*Pray for direction. God orders our steps and has a plan. Trust Him to calm the storm or calm you in the storm.

*Focus on the things that you can change. Sometimes we spend so much time worrying about what we can’t change that we get nothing done. Move forward with what you know to do and take it one step at a time.

*Look for opportunities to laugh. Search for Christian Comedian Routines on youtube and take time to laugh everyday. Chonda Pierce, Ken Davis and Mark Lowry are a few of my favorites. The Bible says a joyful heart is good medicine. Fill your moments with joy.

 *Take fifteen minutes a day to do something that you love. No matter how small. This gives you something to look forward to.

*Listen to uplifting music. A few of my favorites for lightening strike moments:

        Blessings by Laura Story               Held by Natalie Grant

       Our Hope Endures by Natalie Grant

*Journal. Lots of opportunities for writing material or just plain venting your emotions can be found on a blank page.

What do you do to cope when lightening strikes?


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 “When Lightening Strikes – How To Cope With Writing Storms

  1. I start with the alphabet and start naming God’s name…Alpha and Omega, Beginning and the End, Creator, Deliveror…then I read the Psalms, starting with 23.

  2. Michelle Lim says:

    What a fabulous idea, Pat! I love that.

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