Sunday, December 20, 2020

A Writer’s Loss of Words

by Tammy Karasek @TickledPinkTam

As writers, we have an affinity for words. Whether written, or even spoken, we are most often so full of words itching to be written or shared in some way we don’t have enough time each day to get them recorded or said. 

Until we aren’t found with any words left. 

This year has brought many challenges to test our ability to write or speak. We’ve watched as people we love have passed. Someone we love has lost a loved one. Others have lost their health and vitality, a job, or all of their savings. A loss has happened and we’ve seen far too much this year.

Some of us have lost our words, which would have come easily. Now, we don’t have them. 

There are no right words. There are no wrong words. There just aren’t any words. 

But we writers love words. We’re at a frustrating time of loss. Where do we go to find the words that normally flow? To the Word. To the One who gave us the talent and gifting to begin with. We pour out our grieving heart. We ask Him to refill the words we’re at a loss for. In His timing, he will give us words He wants written. Often, overflowing.

And then we write them. 

Those words may not be for anyone in particular—they may only be for us. Or perhaps they are placed in our hearts to then write for someone God has in mind to read them at a later date. We don’t know. We don’t ask. We sit and write. 

And continue to trust in the One who is the giver of gifts—and words. 

Until the time when words return to us naturally, as writers, we continue to dig into the best book ever written inspired by the One who knows exactly what words we each need to hear. 

Have you been at a loss for words this year? Have you dug into the Word of God lately and asked the Lord for the refilling?


You’ll find Tammy seeing humor and causing laughter in every aspect of life. Her past, filled with bullying and criticism from family, is the driving force of her passion to always encourage others and give them The Reason to smile. She’s been married to her college sweetheart, Larry, for 37 years, a mom to their grown daughter, Kristen, and wrapped around the paw of a little dog named Hattie. Born and raised in Ohio, her family now resides in South Carolina. She is the President of Word Weavers Upstate SC, member of ACFW and My Book Therapy/Novel Academy. She’s the Blog Editor for Word Weavers International. A Conference Assistant for Blue Ridge Christian Writers Conference. A monthly contributor for The Write Conversation. A contributor in the 2018 Divine Moments Compilation Book—Cool-inary Moments. Also a regular contributor to several other blogs. 

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  1. What an encouraging word! Thank you, Tammy, for pointing us to the Lord as the source and reason for our words.

  2. Thanks, Tammy. Spot on. After losing a son, a nephew, and a few lont-time friends this year, MY words in print are way, way down. But our real comfort was found in HIS word. In fact, we've found words and passages that we either hadn't read before or they held new, profound meaning and comfort. Best wishes for you, Edie, and all of us in 2021.
    Jay Wright; Anderson, SC

    1. Jay, I’m sorry for your losses this past year. I pray your reading of His word brings comfort and new words in this coming year.

  3. To continue to trust and press on doing what He called us to do. Sometimes, like you said, those words don't come. But the call never leaves and sometimes those words are just for us. Something to make us grow and heal. Thanks, Tammy.

  4. So true...God's word inspires my words to say.