A Room of One’s Own

After puttering around with this blog and my website for about a month, I finally got enough nerve to actually tell a few people these places exist and that they’re mine — kind of like a housewarming party, except I realize that just because it’s called a “home” page doesn’t actually mean I live there.

So after praying to Jesus about the “whys” and seeking God’s wisdom on the “whos” and the “hows” I sent out the invitations, and within minutes the party started! And the gifts you have all given me — wow! Just the thing for a writer: lots of great words!

Having a website and a blog is a little bit like Virginia Woolf’s 500 pounds a year and a room of one’s own. According to Woolf in her novel/memoir A Room of One’s Own, these two things were all that it would take for a woman in Victorian England to be a writer. That, and a desire to write, I suppose. Now, a website and a blog will do the trick.

I want my writing to go beyond these two little virtual havens, of course. That’s why I don’t actually blog every day or post new content on the site. I’m off writing in other ways, or maybe sleeping in when I should be writing. But though my writing may be more than a website and blog, it’s certainly not less. If my words here are part of what makes me a writer, then you, my friend, are a reader — one of my first.

Though writers can often seem like a proud bunch, always waxing eloquently about this or that with a grand assumption that people care, I can assure you that we also are a fragile lot. I personally have stopped writing for weeks at a time after a single rejection, or even a delayed response, from a publisher. So the encouragement so many of you gave me about the words you found on the website, blog, and links were much needed and much appreciated. Thank you!


Charity Singleton Craig

Charity Singleton Craig is a writer, author, and speaker, helping readers grow in their faith and experience true hope in the middle of life’s joys and sorrows. She is the author of My Year in Words: what I learned from choosing one word a week for one year and coauthor of On Being a Writer: 12 Simple Habits for a Writing Life That Lasts.