Unless you've been living in the wildest reaches of nowhere, I am sure you will have noticed that there is a new craze sweeping the country. This is for adult colouring books. Now, I am an early adopter so I had to rush out and get a couple of these right at the beginning. I will also confess to a secret love for colouring in. I used to do it a lot as a child as well as the process of buying pencils, colouring books and notebooks. So what has this got to do with writing I hear you ask? Good question. Here are my thoughts.
As a writer I find that my mind is always racing. It is full of ideas which my be useful in a book. Nuggets which will sound good, or read well. As I write murder mysteries I will leave it to your imagination as to what my mind is often filled with. Suffice to say you may not want to meet me in a dark alley. Despite all this activity, often my mind gets bogged down in trying to find the right word, phrase or twist in the tale. Sitting down and colouring an intricate picture can calm my mind down. It allows it to think about nothing more complex than which colours look best next to each other. It frees my mind and allows the sub conscious to take over. It is then I often have my most brilliant thoughts and know exactly where my story should go.
Often my plots can be as complex as the picture I am colouring. As a writer it is my job to pull all the individual parts together to make a whole story which will be enjoyed by readers, I add just the right words, much like choosing just the right colours. In the end there will be one glorious whole which brings pleasure to readers.
Colouring books also have a part to play in my Christian life. Colouring quiets my mind and frees it up to concentrate on God rather on the chaos of life. It provides an oasis away from the hustle and bustle which can often drown out God. I can put on worship music and let the words flow over me whilst my hands are busy with pencil and paper. Or I can colour in silence and let the only sound be God's voice. It is truly liberating.
As I finish I will ask can anyone identify with this? Does any reader of this blog use adult colouring books? If you don't it is worth trying them.
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