Making Words Pretty

Mar 9, 2017 by

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There is only one drawback to being a professional writer. Well, unless you count the isolation, and the tendency toward depression and hypersensitivity, and the rejection, and getting Facebook friend requests from weird guys as soon as your book hits the shelves, and having your brain shut down on the exact day that you set aside to outline your next project, and wondering if you used up all of your best material in your last book and will never write anything of substance again… Aside from all of that, there is only one bummer thing about it:

When what used to be your creative outlet becomes your job, you have to find another creative outlet.

That’s where being considered “a creative” comes in handy. A writer will be all over anything that allows her to express herself, especially if it gives her an excuse to buy another journal or try a new type of pen.

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If we can’t create, we go insane and become very difficult to live with.

My latest creative endeavor is calligraphy.

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I got inspired when I received … okay, stole … a set of calligraphy markers and a sketch book at our writers group Christmas party. (Sorry, Jessie.)

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I’d tried it before, but this time I was getting serious.

Since then, I have fallen in love with nibs and black India ink.

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I have fallen even more in love with what nibs and ink do to words.

They make them so pretty!

I think I have copied just about every plaque and wall hanging in the house that has fancy writing on it.

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The process of learning the art forces me to slow down and focus on each word, one letter at a time. When you work with words all day, sometimes you forget to do that.

I started appreciating the slowing down part when, right after I got my set of markers, I started incorporating calligraphy into my quiet time.

While reading my Bible and devotional book, I wait for a verse or quote to pop out at me in a meaningful way, and when it does I copy it into my calligraphy journal.

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I am now making special pages to honor the season of Lent (I’ve never observed it before).

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I look forward to my daily opportunities to not only make words pretty, but to make God’s words, and words about Him, into a work of art.

After all, He is the One who gifts us and inspires our creativity in the first place, so the least I can do is use my effort to glorify Him.

 

Thank you, God, for Your unbelievable creativity, and for making us creative beings.

 

What is your favorite form of creative expression? How does it draw you closer to the One who gave you the talent and desire to make something pretty?  

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