Bleak and Blank? Wait for “but then!”

The page is blank, the mind is dull—waxen, even—and the day appears bleak, all because the words aren’t flowing, the ideas aren’t cogent, the plot seemingly vaporized, and five o’clock isn’t coming anytime soon.

The thrill’s not in the quill.

But then!

It’s like all those times in the Bible when all looks doomed, “but then” God arrives and crushes the enemy, “but then” He arrives and saves a soul, pops open cell doors, opens blind eyes, raises the dead.

But then—not out in the battlefield but in your writing nook—voilà!

Sparks fly off the keys as nouns perform, verbs whiz, adjectives define, conjunctions segue, and adverbs (Well, you don’t want to use any of those, do you? They’ve become the black sheep of the vocabulary and something I will defend at a relatively, voluminously, superficially, unpunctually later date.)…

The paralysis is vanquished. The Thrill of the Quill has returned, playing a stirring concerto—or rock-a-billy tune—along the chord of your emotions.

If this thrill is not the only motivation for authors to write, it is at the least a key force, a trigger that keeps us at the keyboard. Runners get a euphoric jolt of endorphins. Boxers experience a fight-or-flight burst of adrenaline.

Writers? Well, I can’t speak for others, but I thrive on the thrill of hearing from the Throneroom. When that happens, something special kicks in. That is, Someone special kicks in the door, rumbles over the alphabet and leaves when a thought or objective is elucidated, or a scene is completed.

Is this thrill an addiction? An affliction?

No and no. For me it’s a necessity. I love it. It keeps me going. And I hope you experience it, too.

Author: markalanleslie

Beginning with my first book, "Midnight Rider for the Morning Star," based on the life and times of Francis Asbury, America's first circuit-riding preacher, I have written three historical Christian novels with another one the way in late 2021, four contemporary geopolitical adventures, an end-times thriller, a devotional, a self-help book for people who have lost their jobs, and two books filled with the best of my interviews with numerous icons of the golf world. I have spoken at Maine's State House, conferences, numerous churches, schools and camp meetings as well as national golf conferences from Florida to California. Having won six national writing awards, I am most proud of my novels: Midnight Rider for the Morning Star (2007) True North: Tice's Story (2013) Chasing the Music (2016) The Crossing (2017) The Three Sixes (2017) The Last Aliyah (2018) Jeremiah's Jar (2018) Torn Asunder (2020) A Cause Most Splendid (2021) My e-books include: Putting a Little Spin on It: The Design's the Thing! Putting a Little Spin on It: The Grooming's the Thing! Fired? Get Fired Up! Walks with God Join me on my web site:

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