I remember reading a lot. I worked on so many projects (novels, movies, schooling) and got them done, but almost never getting out of bed to do them. I had time to think- just think about - well- STUFF. Now I am passing middle age and I still have things to do- things to see and write but mostly I have people to annoy!
I used to think of being sick as a way for God to get me to sit down! Now I am discovering it's His way of getting me to think!
I am working diligently on Flannery's Secret and find that I don't have a set time to think on the work! I have my devotions, my prayer time. I work on the Bible studies I have to write, the articles I put together for my seminars. I have my outline on my computer screen ready to add to it. I have chapter one up and ready to add sentences and the next scene ready to add on at any moment I have free.... but I don't have time to THINK about Flannery and the others in Heatherwood Tennessee and where they are going in the course of the story.
Last night in my fever I asked God if He had a grand computer open for all of us. Does He think on us and wonder if we are going to move forward as He knows is best or are we (like so many of my characters) just zip off and do our own thing.
What is interesting I find that when I zip off and do my thing and it becomes stupid and clumsy and oh so wrong, like the Great Author and Finisher of my faith, only He can make my stupidity be a lesson and can turn it to good. That is IF I allow Him too.
It's that turning place I find, that is so hard. Being the baby of the family, the only girl- I am pretty head strong... but I am praying that through the years I may have become a bit more pliable to the bit and allowing God to turn me to His righteous way. There are times as I lay my head down to sleep I wish I had learned this lesson earlier in life.
God is my Author. He has an outline for my life, and when I go the way He as ordained me to go its so much easier and joyful. However when I jump out of the divine outline and do my own thing, when I find I went off the outline allowing God to set me back on course- it is a plot change that can make the outcome of the book sweeter- not because I broke out in sin- but because it proves God's grace, God's restoring power, God's love.
We don't test God's forgiveness...(Romans 7) but isn't joyful to know that we are forgiven and restore and given a chance to write a new chapter- and using that falling away time as a testimony on how truly good God is?
I suggest you don't weave out into your own outline... follow God's. However, being the people, the sinful people we are we will go off into strange chapters- the trick is allowing the Author to rein us (and reign in us) and allow Him to write the chapter He needs to write.