Thursday, April 4, 2019

Waiting for the Right Time to Write

by Lynn Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn

March of 2019 marks ten years since I began writing. I sat at a computer in our bonus room and the story in my head found its way onto a page. That book remains in a drawer, but that night was the beginning of all that has come since.

I started thinking about what I had learned in the last ten years, and as often happens to me, the insights came in waves. 

The first wave that hit me was, “Holy Cow! March is a great month for my writing life!” :) And it is. I started writing in March, entered the contest that led to my first book in March, signed my first contract with Revell in March (are you sensing a pattern) and then signed yet another contract with Revell . . . in March. 

But then the second wave hit. While all of the above statements are 100% true, there’s more to this story. The March I started writing was such a painful season in my life that I hope I never experience anything like it again. The March I entered the contest? Utter chaos reigned! Thanks to a burst pipe, our kitchen was gutted and our home was a construction zone for three months. I was so stressed out that I made lists of my lists and then would stare at them in horror because there was no way I would ever get everything done. It was nota good time. Definitely not the right time to enter a contest.

I can see now that those March days and nights when I was hurting and harried, those were times when God was growing something in me. Something I couldn’t see or even imagine. Just like when we plant seeds in the spring and they spend time in the soil, in the dark, alone, only to burst forth at a later time, blooming and beautiful, God was doing something new and amazing. But in the moment, I didn’t realize it. It’s only now, a decade later, that I can see His hand in it. 

And then the third wave hit. 

And it’s the one I can’t get out of my head now. Because there are a lot of writers out there who are waiting on the right time to write. The right time to submit. The right time to pursue publication. They are waiting for things to settle down or level out or ease up. 

Guess what?

There is no right time and if you keep waiting for it, you’ll wait a lifetime. 

I can’t remember why I entered that writing contest when everything in my world was topsy-turvy. I just did. It wasn’t a great time, but it was a great contest and I took a chance. And I’m not alone in this. Many writer friends write despite unbelievable personal trials. These are the things that don’t make it into tweets and Instagram stories. You probably won’t see this on their author pages, but there are books on bookstore shelves right now that have been written by men and women living with mind-numbing pain, suffering from autoimmune diseases and debilitating migraines, going through chemo and radiation, taking care of spouses, parents, or children with overwhelming needs, working multiple jobs to make ends meet, mourning the recent loss of loved ones, and even fleeing abusive relationships. 

And guess what? They’re still writing. Still submitting

Now, are there ever times when life throws you a curveball so twisty that you need to step away from everything including writing? Absolutely. 
Is it possible that God will ask you to set your writing aside for a time to focus on something else He has for you? Absolutely.

But for most writers, do you know what’s even more likely? That God is ready for you to finally get on with it already! Finish that book. Query that agent. Enter that contest. Go to that conference. 

Quit waiting for things to get better so you can pursue your writing dream and actually pursue your writing dream! 

Then check back in with me in ten years and we’ll chat about what God has done! 

Grace and peace,

Waiting for the Right Time to Write - insight from author @LynnHBlackburn on @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

"Quit waiting for things to get better so you can pursue your #writing dream and actually pursue your writing dream!" @LynnHBlackburn on @EdieMelson (Click to Tweet)

Lynn H. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love. She lives in South Carolina with her true love, Brian, and their three children. Her new Dive Team Investigations series kicked off in March of 2018 with Beneath the Surface. The second book in the series, In Too Deep, releases in November of 2018 with the third book to follow in 2019. She is also the author of Hidden Legacy and Covert Justice which won the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. You can follow her real life happily ever after at WWW.LYNNHBLACKBURN.COM and on FACEBOOKTWITTERPINTEREST, and INSTAGRAM.


  1. This truth is something to keep in front of me. Life doesn't stop for writing and the schedule constantly changes. For me, figuring out how to make time for writing, is as much of a learning process as how to write.

  2. The inspiring words I needed this morning.
    Thanks, Lynn!

  3. Thanks so much for your encouraging words Lynn!

  4. Love this post, Lynn. Thanks so much for the encouragement to GET TO IT! :-)

  5. This was exactly what I needed today. Thank you!

  6. Thank you for this encouragement Lynn! :-)

  7. I so needed to read this. My life is so chaotic most of the time and I keep putting off the next step in my writing journey.

  8. I'm so glad this resonated with many of you! I need the reminder all the time myself! :)
    Grace and peace,

  9. This post hits home in so many ways. Thanks for the inspiring word. :)