Just after the first of the year two years ago, I had learned of a writing grant available through the A Room of Her Own Foundation. The premise of the grant is from Virginia Woolf's thought that “a woman must have money and a room of her own if she is to write.” Although I didn't believe that necessarily true, as I always find a way to write regardless of my circumstances, the $50,000 two year grant was great incentive to provide much that could contribute to the resources I desired for writing. This included the creation of a room of my own and the freedom that accompanies the financial provision for me during that period.
So, with only a few weeks before the deadline I set forth on the monumental task of a writing the grant. I had never written a grant before, mind you, and this included many detailed sections with essays, samples of my work, and other required documents. I would now recommend that one take not less than six months to try to acheive writing this grant. This was a great lesson in "striving" for me as I spent many hours, almost sleepless nights, until I had almost completed the task. Yet, when I knew I was not going to be able to make the deadline I had to relinquish my goal. It was painful, but I prayed my way through it and finally found peace in the decision. I really hadn't the room for this in my life at the time anyway.
The entire process was an amazing experience which I am glad to have gone through. I gained more experience in writing succinctly and more importantly it taught me an important lesson about striving. I now realize that I must be diligent and hard working if I want to meet my writing goals someday, but I do not believe that requires me to make an emergency out of it. It is better to keep pace than burn out.
One of the essays was about what my writing means to me. That is an essay I think would be a good exercise for every writer. When I reflected on that essay just a few weeks ago it made me so grateful that now I can, two years later, see what the Lord has been doing in my life to help me reach those goals. He has been taking me step by step and it is so much better when He is in charge instead of me. I've begun to journal this year the things that are happening in my writing life. Yes, I know, we are only in the first week, but I have already sent in a submission, critiqued a book, and have been asked to join a new critque group. I hope this time next year to be able to look back at my writing journey over the year and see what he did to fill up the journal, rather than what I did to fill up my calendar.
And just over the past few months, I now, also, have a room of my own - my writing and web design studio. It's filled with lots of butterflies, books, and things to inspire me! It's a great place to write, but not having my own space never stopped me from writing. God's resources make the best "room" for writing.
Tell me how you find "room" for writing.