I love to write by hand. I enjoy it because it feels good. I enjoy it because it feels like I am writing, not just working. I enjoy it because I can do it any time or place.
That last one is a biggie. I write in an A5 notepad with a hardcover and ring spine, so I can flip it open and pen a few words whenever the notion takes me. I write in queues, I write in traffic jams, I write in boring meetings, or just wherever I may be.
This is what I call the “small write.”
It is a lot like prayer. I don’t wait for a special time and place to pray. Wherever I am, when the notion takes me, I shoot off a quick word to God. I tell him how I am feeling, and ask him for help with something. Or just say “Hi, it’s me.”
But I also like to write at set times. Like for at least 30 minutes in the morning before I start the day. It helps me to get the nights thoughts out of my head, and onto paper. So I commit to an hour of writing in the morning.
This is what I call the “big write”.
I do the big write every day, regardless of whether I feel like it, or whether I have anything interesting to say. I just write. Because I need to make a habit of writing if I want to call myself a writer.
The big write reminds me why I want to be a writer, and the small write reminds me that I am a writer. I can’t live without both of them.
In the same way, I start each day with set prayer. I pray at set times, like lunch, or at night, as well. Even if I don’t feel like praying, or don’t feel like I have anything to say. I pray, to remind myself that I am a Christian.
The set prayers help me to want to pray throughout the day, because it starts the day right, and keeps me focused on who I am.
“Small prayer” makes my life a Life of Prayer.
“Big prayer” makes me want a life of prayer.