The Right Time to Write

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by Andy Scheer

Eight weeks ago I got an assignment for a seven devotional articles. I scanned the assigned portions of Scripture and confirmed they all fit the theme the editor wanted me to address. But beyond placing the verses into each day’s devotional format, I set the project aside.

A month ago when I had some spare time, I reviewed the passages again. Again, no ideas sprang to mind for what I’d write. So I turned to another project and promised myself I’d work on the devotions this week.

Monday came, and my procrastination time had run out. I needed to write not only a 1,500-word magazine piece, but also my February 2016 devotions.

So I again opened the project file. But this time my eye fell on a different verse in the passage of Scripture than the one I’d highlighted a few weeks back.

I thought of the conversation my wife and I had recently enjoyed with old friends—people we’d known thirty years ago and had just seen for the first time in a dozen years. Our experience with them would serve as a great illustration for a devotion on this passage of Scripture.

Why couldn’t I have thought of that a month ago? Simple. A month ago, I hadn’t seen those people for a dozen years—and we hadn’t had that experience.

That’s one devotion down and six more to go. I just hope the other six aren’t also ones I’m not yet ready to write.

About Andy Scheer

With more than 30 years in publishing, Andy Scheer has provided freelance editorial services since 2010. He has edited fiction and nonfiction for publishers including Moody, WinePress, and BelieversPress, as well as for clients including Dirk Cussler, McNair Wilson, DiAnn Mills, Heather Day Gilbert, and Sammy Tippit.

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