By Chris Redding (Guest Blogger)
I am not a religious person. I am an agnostic. That means I’m not really sure God exists. If you believe in God, I’m good with that. I think we need to decide these things for ourselves.
I am a spiritual person.
Your spirituality is how you deal with the unknown. Most people use religion for how they deal with what they cannot explain or don’t understand. Works for them.
My husband is a scientist. He can use science to explain the unknown. I am a left brain person. I actually believe in Karma or maybe my own convoluted version of it. Do good things and good things will come your way. What goes around comes around.
Now, I realize that bad things happen. Bad situations happen. Oy, I could tell you about my childhood! I’m not a kid anymore and therefore can make choices on my own.
And I choose to trust myself.
When I need to find the answer to a puzzling question or make a life decision, I trust that it will come to me.
It is the same with writing. When I sat down to write this blog I had no idea what I was going to write about. I just sat down and told myself it would come. Lo and behold it did.
People often ask writers where their ideas come from. I want to tell them I have a troll in the basement that I talk to each morning. He gives my new ideas or he doesn’t get fed. If I were to say that I wouldn’t make book sales.
Usually ideas come from something I’ve read or something on the news. It will percolate in my brain and come back as something with my little twist on it. But I have to trust that it will be there.
People talk about writer’s block. I have writer’s fear. Or writer’s “I don’t feel like writing,” but never an actually block. If I sit down to write, it is there. Because I trust that it will be there.
I don’t put much stock in muses. I may joke about having one, but I think it is too whimsical an idea if you really plan to make a go in this business.
But my advice is not just for writers. You can take it into any part of your life. Should you change jobs? Trust that the answer will come to you.
Should you have a child? Should you get married? Any of life’s big questions, you must trust in yourself that you will do the right thing. That you will know what the right thing is for you.
BIO: Chris Redding’s latest book, Corpse Whisperer, is out on Kindle. When she isn’t writing, she works for her local hospital. She lives in New Jersey with her husband, two sons, one dog and three rabbits.
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Corpse Whisperer: A paramedic must solve a murder before it happens.
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