Let It Be

08 Jan
Let It Be

Advice to a struggling young writer who wants her writing to reflect her faith, and is anxious about being published:

Don’t put so much pressure on yourself that everything becomes magnified to a greater importance than it really is.

A story is just a story. Let it be that. Let it be the result of your struggle and your confusion and your quest for the truth of God.

But don’t think it must become a novel to be shared with the world.

Because that may be the exact opposite of what it is.

Writing is good therapy. So are other arts. Ask any counselor or therapist. Your story could be considered a creative version of a journal, a record of your journey as you figure out life and faith and myriad other matters.

Perhaps, years and years later, as a wiser and stronger and more mature person, you’ll return to this story and shape it into something magnificent. Perhaps you read it and smile and put away again, keeping it only as a memento of how far you’ve come.

I have such a story, written in my teens. When I found it again several years ago, I realized that much of it had crept into my current novel — subconscious details about plot or character or setting — and I’d unknowingly crafted a far better version of that original tale.

Relax. Fall back into the arms of a loving Father who is ready and waiting to guide you. You may find that what you’re struggling to make happen now is one He’ll help make happen slowly, unexpectedly, all along the way.

c 2012, KB -- late November, walkin' with Bubba

c 2012, KB — late November, walkin’ with Bubba


Posted by on January 8, 2015 in Creativity, Journeys, Life, Stories, Uncategorized, Writing


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5 responses to “Let It Be

  1. Maria & Lisa

    January 8, 2015 at 2:10 pm

    Yes, the right way to go is always the path of least resistance 🙂

    • Keanan

      January 8, 2015 at 2:21 pm

      Sometimes, yes, the right way is the easy way.

      But then I remember the caterpillar in the chrysalis, and know that sometimes the hard way leads to the most beautiful ends. 🙂

  2. Maria & Lisa

    January 8, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I don’t mean least resistance as being the easy path. It might be the hard path, but it’s the one we know deep inside is the right one 🙂 I’m taking the path of least resistance which is SO not the easy path.

    After my 7 year relationship ended and a friend of mine committed suicide – I made the decision to STOP waiting for real life to begin and pursue my dream.

    So, I left my corporate marketing job in Paris, packed my bags and went to my favorite city in the world: New York. Today I’m in the Dominican Republic (where it’s cheaper and warmer) and I’m working on setting up my own business, which has PEOPLE and not money as a focus. My goal is to return to New York one day, where I believe I can make most impact. I go on my journey with full trust in the universe. I want to be an example for my friends of how amazing life CAN be.

    • Keanan

      January 8, 2015 at 3:15 pm

      I hear you. My youth was spent in jobs and pursuits and a mindset that sucked life rather than giving it, and all the while I thought I was doing the right thing. Which might be why I dealt with suicidal depression and anger and other ugliness.

      But I learned to make other choices, and now — in my early forties — I’m in a place I should have been in my twenties. Some of us have to go in reverse before we can go forward.

      So I’m happy to know that a fellow traveler has found her way. You’re not there yet, but you know where you’re going, and why. Excellent.

      • Maria & Lisa

        January 8, 2015 at 3:19 pm

        Thank you for your comment and for sharing so openly. At least the pain and struggle can guide us in the right direction. Let’s make 2015 our year 🙂


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