Monday, March 3, 2008

The truth will set you free...

We had a wonderful time in the valley over the weekend. (I never called it the "valley" before moving here, but when in Rome...) I went down for a writer's conference that lasted all day Saturday. Rick and the kids had fun at the zoo while I was gone. All but Landon, who spent the weekend hanging out with his "valley" friends. The conference was amazing. I'm so glad I went. Because I belong to an LDS writer's group I not only gained great insight as a writer, but I also was spiritually fed as well. I've definitely been inspired and even worked on my novel for over an hour today. Probably the greatest advice I got was from an author whose good friend told her, "Just write the stupid book!" I know I need to quit over thinking and just write the stupid book. Actually it's already written so I need to just edit and revise the stupid book. I was also told that to be a good writer I need to read, read, read. Hooray! I have a good excuse to curl up with a book everyday---I'm working. Another principle we discussed is how truth is full of light, peace and joy. Truth does not leave us feeling sad, empty or depressed. For every lie there is an opposite truth. So if Satan tells me the lies that I'm not good enough, that I can't do it, that I'm not of worth. There is an opposite truth that I am amazing, capable and of infinite worth. The lies fill me with darkness, the truth with light. It's a simple concept, but it holds such power. Satan never wants us to realize just how glorious we are. He wants to keep us trapped in his lies, but if we'll seek the spirit of truth we'll know that we are worth so much more than we ever imagined.
Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to go work on my stupid book.