Thank you, Jodie, for the encouragement of coming back to
writing after a dry spell. And, I love quirky.
Writing in the
Midst of Chaos
By Jodie Wolfe
I often have
a hard time coming up with a blog topic, especially when it’s been a while
since I’ve done much creative writing. While I have a book releasing today, I
wrote it many years ago. I know, I’m a writer, so don’t I write a lot? It’s
been several years since I’ve written a new book. I’ve had times where I’ve
tried to start one, but I haven’t gotten any farther than a few chapters.
happened to make me stop writing? I had an extremely stressful situation I went
through that challenged me to the core of my being. My reaction was to close up
and to do what was safe…not write. The longer I stayed away from it, the harder
it was to get started again.
In 2020 I
planned to get back up on the writing horse again, but then Covid hit. My
husband started working from home and our lives became chaotic. I had gotten a
book to read called Chaos Can’t by Allen Arnold, but I didn’t read it. I
kept thinking that when things calm down, I’ll start writing again, and I’ll
read that book. You guessed it; things didn’t settle down. In fact, 2021 has
been more chaotic than 2020. Things I never imagined my husband and I would be
I kept thinking about my chaotic life. It had been a LONG time since I had any
creative thoughts or words. I felt God was encouraging me to not fight against the
chaos, but instead look to Him for strength and direction in the midst of it. I
finally gave in and said, “Okay, Lord. Help me to write even when all I can see
is the chaos around me.”
long after that prayer that I started having ideas for book three in the
Burrton Springs Brides series. While the first two books were written many
years ago, I now had an idea for the next installment. One morning I was
awakened in the wee hours and was praying for our son who is going through a
very difficult time in his life. In the midst of those prayers, God gave me an
idea for the plot of the next book. Then a couple days later when I was walking
and praying, He gave me the opening scene. I came home and started writing. The
words flowed…the way they used to when writing a new story.
for you is this…is your life in chaos? What is God calling you to do in spite
twenty years of living along the trail as a deputy U.S. Marshal, Joshua Walker
takes a job as sheriff in Burrton Springs, Kansas so he can be closer to his
sister. Only problem, she no longer requires his protecting so he's unsure of
his next step.
McPherson needs a change after the death of her father. She accepts a position
as schoolmarm, hoping her past won't catch up with her. Life is good, except
for the pesky sheriff who continues to question her ability to adjust to life
in the west and creates confrontations at every turn.
the irritating schoolteacher's past and present collide, dragging him into the
turmoil, Josh has to decide who he's willing to defend.
Wolfe creates novels where hope and quirky meet. She is a member of American
Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), Faith, Hope & Love Christian Writers, and
COMPEL Training. She's been a semi-finalist and finalist in various writing
contests. A former columnist for Home
School Enrichment magazine, her articles can be found online at: Crosswalk, Christian
Devotions, and Heirloom
not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband in Pennsylvania, reading,
walking, and being a Grammie. Learn more at www.jodiewolfe.com.
Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/Jodie-Wolfe/e/B01EAWOHXO/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1