I’m going into the new year a panster. That’s how I write, how I drive, and how I do most everything. Panster is a writing term for those who write by the seat of their pants. We might have an idea of what we’ll write, but for the most part, we open a blank screen and let the story tell itself. The other kind of writer is the plotter. They’re good at organizing their thoughts, getting the whole story plotted out point by point until all they have to do is fill in the blanks. Neither style is better than the other, it’s just a matter of how a person is wired.
I have some ideas for 2016…I’d like a certain person to be voted into the Presidential office, I’d like to tone my arms to finely chiseled machines, and I have a few American destinations I’d like to make it to, but as a panster, I know that God will manage my story as I go. In Faith Seekers, I didn’t know Miguel played the guitar until I was writing the very sentence where he pulled it out in a Colorado campground. In The Jesus Experience, Bill Myers talks about landing projects he didn’t feel qualified to do, but he was willing to go where God led him. I’m jumping into a leadership role next month I ever thought I’d do–I’m not that qualified, but I’m willing, so here I go.
Let this year be one of possibilities. You don’t need to control-freak your way along, or be the most qualified…God will unfold your story along the way. Blessings.