First Drafting, Part 2: Time

How does one make more hours in the day?  If anyone knows, please tell me, because I'd love to get some extra time!!

As writers, we know the struggles.  There never seems to be enough time to write.  Dishes must be washed, dogs walked, schoolwork done, and there are family members and friends who want to see us as much as possible.

So how do we get lots of time (that we may not have) to write?

Making Time

They say actions speak louder than words, so if you think your writing is more important than watching a movie, act like it.  If writing a story is important to you, you will give up things in order to make time to write.

So no more binge-watching, internet browsing, or piddling around making sock puppets.  It all stops now, and you will spend that time writing.

Just remember that you don't have to do it forever.  Give yourself a month without FaceBook.  Tell yourself only one movie a week.  Bribe yourself with ten minutes of Pinterest for every 1,000 words.  Trim your music practice to only half an hour, and get up an extra twenty minutes to make time for writing.

Once the draft is finished, you can go back to these other things, if you want to.  Perhaps you're enjoying your new-found time.  :)

Finding Time

Yet there are lots of things we can't stop doing.  Chores must be done, and you have to go to work every day.  School is piling up, and there's a test and a music rehearsal!

My Dad once said, "If it's important to you, you'll find time to do it."

Are you willing to scarf a sandwich and spend the rest of your lunch hour writing?  Are there ten minutes every day where you sit in the living room, waiting for dinner to be ready?  What do you do on car rides?  Can you jot down a few paragraphs in a notebook or on your phone or iPad as you walk?

You don't have to be on a hunt for spare minutes all the time.  Just until the draft is finished.  But please, take a look.  There could be tons of minutes floating around you can use.  Even ten minutes, a few times a day, can really add up.

Use Your Time Wisely and Prep Well

How many times have you gotten a whole hour to write, and went to check FaceBook before getting started?  Twenty minutes later, and you're on YouTube looking up how to raise a family of black snakes in a shoe box.  (Okay, so maybe not that extreme...)

I'm going to speak more about distractions next week (unless preparations for a church conference get me really busy), but I will just say a few things about preparing for your writing time.

I don't always come home from work and jump right into writing. Instead, I try to help my mom around the house.  But sometimes I'll tell her, "I want to get some extra writing in today.  What can I do now so I don't have to get up later?"  And then I get those tasks done and head upstairs where I shouldn't be bothered for a while.  Sometimes she'll even say "Oh, there's nothing going on, go ahead and write."  She knows that I'm serious about my writing, and if she needs me, I'll be down instantly with a smile on my face to help her.

Put aside a separate time for doing story research, so you won't spend your writing time surfing the internet.  Make a list of things to look-up, and put them aside.

Be prepared.  Make sure you have everything you'll need (be it a snack, or a chapter outline) within easy reach so you don't have to stop and get something.

Keep an eye open for you're wasting time, and keep another eye open for opportune writing moments.  Younger siblings drawing at the table?  Get a notebook for doing a character journal and join them.  Sweeping the floor?  Think about that tricky scene.  Just because you can't actually spend the time writing doesn't mean you can't be thinking about your story and working out what happens next.  Just be sure you have a notebook handy!

Set Priorities

If you go to bed and have not written a word, think about why you didn't get any writing done.  Did you get those math problems solved and played a game with your family?  Or did you browse Pinterest?

I've had days where I didn't write a word.  But if it was because I was watching my little sisters, mowing the pastures, or just running errands, I don't stress about it.  I just say "well, I got a break today!"

But if I was goofing around on the banjo, scrolling through FaceBook, or sitting on the couch doing nothing, that's when I whip myself (not literally!) and say "alright, you are not getting away with that again!"

So think about what you do, and decide what's more important: Pinterest or writing?  Walking the dog or writing?  Don't stress if you didn't get writing done because you were doing something that needed to be done.  Instead, look for things that you can stop doing, and instead, spend that time writing. 

Hopefully that was a little bit helpful.  Any opinions or questions or comments you have, leave them below!

The Early Writing Tag

(The First Draft post should have been published on Monday, and this one today.  But life happened, and now you have two posts today!!)

Ivie over at Ivie Writes tagged me (thanks girl!).  As I told her, this is what I get for having "wish I could take part in these tag things too!" thoughts.  Guess this is the blogging world.

So for the Early Writing Tag, I only have to answer two questions this time.  (Not bad.)

What horrendous books did you write as a child?
My main horrendous book that comes to mind is one of the first things I wrote when I first got my laptop.  The title was Adventures on the Daventry Farm and it basically is about my family holding a summer camp (what???  why???) at our farm, and this cliché, stuck-up, whiny city slicker girl came with her cousin.  And I basically was super-cool and awesome and they just quaked in fear of my epicness.  My sister was run-of-the-mill boring, and all the horses could talk.  *blushes*
What did you learn from them?

It annoys my dear sister when I write books like that.

My family is never going to have a summer camp.

I am not always-calm nor secretive nor do I drive a landspeeder from Star Wars.

Horses do not talk.

Nor do they really care about making me look cool, either.

BUT I also learned:

Typing stories is actually fun.

Why don't I keep writing?

Except I should not put me in the story.

Because I am not cool.

What's cool?


(And so I moved on to write fantasy, and have never looked back.)

The Re-Tag

I'm supposed to tag five people (oy!) so I'll give it a try...

Sarah, at Pen of a Ready Writer (my tag fallback)
Melissa over at Quill Pen Writer (if she wants to do this; I dunno)
Andrea (hopefully she won't mind me tagging her) at a Surge of Thunder
The first two person to comment who are not on this list!  (cackles)

First Drafting, Part 1: Problems

In celebration of my sixteenth completed first draft (finished Rauladin as of July 22nd), I am beginning a multi-post series about writing first drafts.  I hope that folks may learn from it, be encouraged by it, and will help me along and post suggestions, as I myself struggle with this as well (who doesn't?). 

In this first post, I'm going to list common problems for unfinished first drafts. In the following posts, I’ll cover some suggestions and instructions for defeating said problems.  Lastly, I’ll wrap up with some my own time-tested tricks that can make reaching “the end” of your first draft easier.

First off, let’s identify WHY you can’t finish your first draft.  After all, the first step to resolving a problem is to find out what exactly is the root of the problem.


This is often a biggie, and so I’m putting it first.  School, work, sports, family, and chores can take up every spare minute of your time, or, at the very least, leave you too tired to write.  You might be able to get a bit of writing in on the weekends, or right before bed, but it's hard.  And getting extra sleep often sounds like a better idea.


(Sometimes this is one of the reasons you have no time, but it can also be a big problem for people who have loads of time.)  Pinterest.  FaceBook.  Instagram.  Emails.  Your cat.  An unfinished text conversation.  Blog articles.  Funny YouTube videos.  You are totally not procrastinating from writing – you just need to do this one quick thing before you write...


(You can use various Distractions to help you put off writing.)  But you tell yourself you need to write.  And then Procrastination says “Hey, why don’t you go play some guitar, or go clean out that junk drawer.”  And so off you go to do something...but not to write.
Lack of Interest

You get to chapter three, and the spark of inspiration dies.  The MC is no longer is fun to write, and the plot is boring.  So you push it aside and start another story, only to get bored with that one, too.  And then you start another....and another....the circle keeps on going.


You finish the first chapter.  Yay!  Then, while beginning the second, you realize the first chapter is boring.  There's totally a better way to introduce the MC.  And how about adding a tornado??  So you start over.  And over.  And over. 
Or perhaps you are constantly changing things as you write.  That backspace button gets a lot of use, and the word count barely gets higher.  No, there's a better way to do this.  *backspace*  Wait, that shouldn't have happened.  *backspace*  Hang it all, what's going on here?  *backspace*


Hand cramps.  Carpel tunnel.  No chair cushions.  Blunt pencils.  Too hot.  Too cold.  Thirsty.  Hungry.  Ahh!!!

Road Block

This often is a problem for people who don’t plan their story ahead of time, but it can happen to dedicated outliners, as well.  You simply have no clue what should happen next.  How did they get in this predicament?  How do I get them out?  How do they get where they need to go?  What is the end of the story, anyway??  *throws hands in the air*  What to do??

No one will want to read your story, anyway.  The plot is dumb.  The theme is lame.  And the MC is stupid.  Why keep writing?  It’s just a waste of time.  So you grab some ice cream and watch a movie.

For those of us writing historical fiction, or even modern-day stories, there's always the problem of researching things.  What is it like dealing with an autistic child?  Where is the closest police station from the Washington Monument??  And what in the world did the Pilgrim's really eat at the first Thanksgiving, anyway???

Multiple Stories

Maybe you’re doing two stories at the same time.  Or twenty-two.  In any case, good for you!  But things are going to go a whole...lot...slower.... 

You could be struggling with one of these.  Or a couple.  Or all of them.  Or maybe something that I forgot.  (If you have a problem that I haven’t mentioned, please comment, and I’ll try to incorporate it in!!)

But now I challenge you to sit down with a piece of paper and write down why exactly are you unable to finish your first draft.  You’re welcome to share your problems or keep them to yourself.  But I mostly just want to get you thinking...why is my story not finished yet?
And don't fear: we'll start breaking down these problems throughout the next few weeks.  If anyone wants to stick in a suggestion or pitch up, by all means, let me know.  I am not the Master of this subject, just a fellow writer trying to share her thoughts and personal ways of getting out of these problems.

Of Cookies and Books

So, I was reading Scattered Scribblings, and got to Savannah's Of Cookies and Books tag post.  (Apparently this tag just got (re?)started by a certain Elf Maid over at Sunshine and Scribblings.)  At the end her post, Savannah tagged "anyone who has eaten a cookie in the month of July" and I considered myself tagged, thanks to some homemade Snickerdoodles. 

It was hard to narrow some books down, and others came instantly to me.  My two youngest siblings helped me take the pictures.  :)  Here's how the tag works: there are eight different cookies, and for each cookie, I have to pick a book to match the description (whoop de doo).

Chocolate Chip (A book that never gets old)

 The Silmarillion, by J. R. R. Tolkien.

Yes, I love reading Tolkien, and this one especially.  The small copy (the one missing the cover), I take on every trip, as it fits so well in my purse, and I can just read a brief portion and then go back to staring out the window and listening to music for a while.  Tolkien is a master storyteller, and I especially enjoy the tale of Beren and Luthien, and have a love/hate readership with Feanor.  :) 

Dutch Snowballs (A book that gave you an unexpected surprise)

How They Kept the Faith, by Grace Raymond. 

My Dad got me this book, and honestly, when I first started it, I wasn't really expecting anything great.  Just the usual "martyr's tale"....they follow Christ....get persecuted...valiantly stand for Him...then the sad, moving death.  I thought I would read it, enjoy it, and then never read it again.  Ha, I was wrong!  This book had love triangles, heroics, fallings away, sticky situations, scenes that made me cry, and a surprise ending!  I have re-read this a number of times, and have found it to be just a wonderful story!

So I picked this one because it really surprised me in two ways (because it was more enthralling than I expected, and the ending).

It's on my top list of favorite books, too.  :)

Molasses (A book with a character that gets in a sticky situation)

North or Be Eaten, by Andrew Peterson. 

Okay, so I could have put the entire saga in here, but I just picked one book.  Mr. Peterson is amazing at getting his characters into situations where you just sit and think "how in this world are they going to get out of here?????"  And then they get out in some amazing way...and go right back into another sticky spot. 

Oreo (A book dealing with the light and the darkness)

The Mirror Poole, by Timothy Fowler. 

This is just a little book (and I prefer bigger novels), but nonetheless, I enjoyed it.  What made this book instantly pop into my head, was the people in the little village.  They wear white lace...and the bad people wear black lace.  And the better (or worse) they are, the more white (or black) lace they wear.  So when I was thinking "dealing with light and darkness" this one came up first.

Sugar (A book with a sugary sweet villain)

Inkdeath, by Cornelia Funke

I hate him.  I hate him to pieces.  Orpheus.  I can't stand him.  He pretends to be so helpful...with his sweet as honey words.  And the ending he gets??  *screams* 

Okay, so yes, the picture is the first book.  And he's in the second and third ones.  But I just love this cover the best, and also just happened to not be thinking when I took the picture, and now I'm too lazy to take another one.  :)  Not to mention that he kind of ruins the other two books for me - this one is Orpheus free!

Monster (A book that confused your emotions)

The Fiddler's Green, by A. S. Peterson.

(Yes, that is my little "model" ship in front...)  I really enjoyed the first book, The Fiddler's Gun.  Except my favorite character died.  So I went into the second one with a depressed sort of attitude.  Because how could I enjoy it when *name withheld for fear of spoilers* wasn't in it?  And well, I liked the new characters, and enjoyed sailing with Fin and her crew again.  But the ending had me, well...mixed.  It was a cute ending.  But a sad ending.  A happy ending.  A lame ending.  I just could not make up my mind.  Do I cry?  Laugh?  Throw the book across the room?

So if anyone has read it, I'd love to hear your opinion!  (And for those who now are going to read the two books, I will make a note: there is some language, and some "pirate things."  So a heads up.)

Snickerdoodle (A book that made you laugh)

Anything by Patrick F. McManus, really.  But The Grasshopper Trap is what the aforementioned little sisters handed me for the photograph.  He is an outdoor humor writer, and so for someone who has not grown up in the backwoods, running around barefoot, hunting deer, and fishing, they may not be as funny.  But I laugh so many times while reading his books!  My family usually takes a book or two on adventures and read a story or two aloud for fun.  (Disclaimer: some language and occasional innuendos.)

Peanut Butter (A book with a nutty character)

Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue.  Ganoaf is one of my favorite characters in the entire Arrethtrae series.  He's a rather tall man, yet with simple(ton) understanding, and rather childish ways.  But he's wonderful.  Just wonderful.  :)  Even though he acts kind of stupid at times.

The Re-Tag

And I tag Sarah at Pen of a Ready Writer, Kalan at Kalan Olivia, and Jem at Jem Jones, Writer.  I can't wait to see what their book selections are!

Have y'all read any of these books?  Or do you have them on your "To Read" list now?


I have been tagged, for the first time ever.  (Okay, so in the blogging world, anyway...I have played lots of "running-around-in-the-backyard" games before.)

It was by my lovely Aussie friend Jem, from her blog Jem Jones, Writer.  Feel free to check her out - she's super nice, very friendly, and her blog is amazing.  Seriously.

The tag is the #voicesofYA

And I (as aforementioned) have never done this before, so hopefully I do this correctly.  You just copy the questions that have been circulating around? 

Okay, here goes...

What draws you to YA?

Mostly because I am writing for young adults/late teens like myself, who are looking for good books out there to read, and have to choose between content we don't approve of, or else reading way below our level (or re-reading and re-reading the same books) to avoid such content.

Describe your writing process. Do you like outlines and structure, or seeing where the story takes you?

I get hit with a story idea.  Sometimes just a simple sentence (like "a girl discovers she has a twin brother who was given up for adoption"), and sometimes it covers entire pages (like my idea for Rauladin, my Camp NaNo WIP), and sometimes I just have a few paragraphs, or a character idea.

I jot the idea(s) in my story notes, and I let it sit.  (Betrayal and Bravery sat for a few months; Rauladin over an entire year.)  And while it sits, I think things over.  I add things.  Tweak the plot.  Add a character.  Sometimes, however, the story idea just sits, and I might even loose interest.  (Like my one-liner about the twin brother.  I haven't added a thing to it yet - good thing I didn't start writing, or I would have been stuck after a chapter or two!)

I have a decent-enough idea of the story, and I know that I still want to write it, I do a synopsis covering everything that I know of so far.  In my waiting period, I usually have figured out most of the main characters, and what the end results of the story will be.  (Words of Gold started with a 521 word synopsis split into three paragraphs, for beginning, middle, and ending.  My first draft ended up being over 80,000 words.)  I don't write a chapter-by-chapter outline (because then it gets plain annoying; I can't write that way at all), and I often have only hazy ideas of the middle/ending should go.  But I know what happens.

Before I start writing, I do a few brief character sketches.  I'll pick one scene (sometimes from a scene from the actual story outline, sometimes I'll just put them all in the same place) and write a page or two from each character's POV.  It'll give me a quick insight into their personalities and the way they see things.

Then, with a synopsis outline, and some character sketches, I loose myself into the first draft.  (I may post on how to finish first drafts sometime soon.)  If something happens and I need to change something, I make a note of it and keep writing as if that change had been there from the beginning (gender/name change, new character, character removed) .  I do whatever it takes to get the draft finished (once, some characters were in middle of an important meeting and I came to the realization that they really would not have done so, and really should have just started fighting - so I was like....*hits enter button a couple times*....*starts making them fight*....).

After a month or so, I have a finished draft!!  Then I start the editing process.  Which I will not describe here, because I've probably already gone on for too long.

How long have you been writing? Where are you in your journey?

I've been writing seriously (actually trying to do a good job, and with publishing ambitions) for three years.  I've been typing stories on a laptop for four years before that happened.  I've been writing in notebooks for eleven years before I got a laptop (okay, I'm kind of counting little doodles I did when I was five or something).  So basically, I've always been in love with making up stories.

Right now, I have a number of finished drafts under my belt (I think I counted 15+ or something??  I can't remember what I ended up with when I did a count).  But nothing is published yet.

What do you need to write? Coffee? Music?

A laptop (really nasty carpel tunnel issues if I write with a pen/pencil for too long)(and with either hand, so that really makes things harder) and my flash drive.  I don't need music, but I usually listen to some soundtrack or instrumentals (if I listen to something with words, I'll start paying more attention to the song than my writing).  If I need to focus, I'll turn the music off.

And that's it.  I'm fairly low maintenance.

If you could offer one piece of advice to another writer, (OTHER THAN "don't give up"), what would it be?

Get that first draft finished, and do that by forcing yourself not to edit and re-start and not start something new.  Don't get stuck in the loop-hole of starting something (whether a different beginning or a new story altogether) every few days.  Find a system that works for you and push yourself to keep writing until that draft is done.  It will encourage you, and you will learn a lot from it.

What book still has you reeling from its plot twist?

The Warden and the Wolf King, by Andrew Peterson.  The ending still has me going ""

What books are you most anticipating for this year?

I wish I could say mine....but alas, the trilogy is not finished with editing yet....but now that Wingfeather Tales is finally out and on my bookshelf, I'm going to have to find something else to wait for.

In your opinion, which YA book/series has the most unique premise?

The Girl Who Could See, by Kara Swanson.  Imaginary friends?  Connections to another universe?  Coolio!

What is your all-time favourite quote from YA?

Don't ask my why, but this is what jumped to my mind first, so I'm going with it...

"What do you think you'll do?"
"About Leifer?  Knock his head and listen for the hollow thunk."
                 -From Enna Burning, by Shannon Hale. 

What book do you most hope will have a movie adaptation?

My personal copies - the covers are so pretty!

The Books of Bayern, by Shannon Hale.  The characters are so vivid, and Hale's storyworld is amazing.  The languages of everything put an interesting twist to the plot, and the humor is really good.  Plus, I read these to my younger sister (and my brother listened in for most of it, ha ha), so these hold a special place in my heart.  (Not to mention I was introduced to them by my Grandfather buying me the fourth one for my birthday, and I had no clue it was the fourth one, so I read it and ruined the ending, but I still love these books!)  (And if that's not a good example on how my family works, than I don't know what is.)

The Re-Tag

Seems like everyone I know has already done this, but I tag Evangeline Diasimah, over at Tumblr.  She's a fellow member of the writing group The Order of the Pen.  She said she can do blog-like posts on Tumblr (which I know nothing about), so I thought I'd give it a try and tag her...

Anyone else read them?  Any comments?  Criticisms?  Should I have used more gifs or pictures (or less)(I never know what's too many or what's too boring)?


Characters are crucial to your story.  You can have a super great plot, amazing voice, and even a beautiful cover, but if the readers don’t care about any of the characters, they won’t read or enjoy the book.  They'll go through it once, and then put it on the shelf to never be touched again. 

Readers need someone to follow, a character that catches their attention, that they will fall in love with, and so therefore love the story world that he/she lives in.

But how does one create such a lovable character?  I have a few little tricks...

Give Them Problems

No one is perfect, and we all know that we aren’t perfect, which is why perfect characters are the worst.  Who wants to read about a character that always does the right thing and never struggles against sin?  It’s boring and we can’t relate to them in the least.  You almost want them to make mistakes...

So give your characters a dark side.  Perhaps they struggle with pride or greediness.  Perhaps they are afraid of something.  Perhaps they believe a lie or want something they can’t (or shouldn’t) have.

Give them struggles.  Even a hero can have a moment of “I don’t want to do this.  I might die, and I just want to run the other way.”  What makes the hero a real hero is having those thoughts of turning aside and still pushing past them to save the day.

And give your characters problems, sins, or dark sides.  And then show them fighting against these, and eventually making better, wiser choices, and striving to do better. 

The readers will thank you as they read the story, hoping that the character comes out alright in the end, relating to the mistakes, and being encouraged to keep fighting their own battles.

Make Them Stand Out

People are different, and not just in looks.  There are 16 personality types on the Myers Briggs for a reason.  God had made us wonderfully unique.  We all have our own thought process, quirks, habits (good and bad), and ways we see and react to things.

Characters should be no different, so strike out a brush and polish them up until they shine!  Do they walk with a swagger?  Chew on their fingernails?  Always say hello to strangers?  Bounce around when excited?  Slur their words?  Use colorful expressions?  Prefer to sit in a corner and read?  Be sure to describe their actions, clothing choices, and facial expressions in a way that defines each and every character and sets them apart from the others.

What kind of things do your characters do?  I’d love to hear about their habits, funny little gestures, or quirky personalities!

Make Them Relatable

This kind of goes with the whole “give them problems” trick.  No one is perfect, and so no one can relate to a perfect character.  Rather, we relate to ones that are scared of heights, spiders, or germs, or perhaps often bump into things, or are awkward when talking to new people or people they want to make good appearances before.

But I'm not talking just about personality or appearance.  We also can relate to their journey.  Now, I’m sure no one here has simply walked into Mordor, but we can still relate to Frodo’s journey.  We know what it’s like to be very tired, very thirsty, or carrying something very heavy.  We know what it’s like to make a tough decision to do something, even if we’re not sure we can complete the task.  We know what it’s like to have something you love that you know is bad, and have to struggle with destroying it.  So when Frodo finally makes it to the volcano and tosses the ring in, we can be encouraged in our own struggles, journeys, and general life.

So be sure that your hero (and maybe even some of the side characters) grow throughout the book.  They step out of their comfort zone and give a rousing talk in front of a whole room of people.  They push past their fear and go on to climb the great height they were scared of.  They give up their secret sins and strive to be a better person.

Encourage your readers by seeing characters being victorious.

Depict Them Well

You can have the most amazing character, but if you can’t convey everything about him/her to your readers, it’s pretty much pointless.  So while writing (or editing) ,watch your descriptive paragraphs.  Is there too much at once – an information dump?  Or do you even describe your character at all – does the reader have to look for clues as to the character’s appearance and personality?  Beware both sides of the spectrum.  Check out other books in your genre as well.  Depending on the type of book you’re writing, you might put more information up front (perhaps even stating facts), or perhaps reveal more information through the first few chapters.

But also remember that there are other ways to describe a character then just by stating facts.  You can show a reader (instead of telling) that a character is tall, by describing how his/her pants are always an inch too short, of how they don’t like looking down at all their friends, or how someone always jokes “how’s the view from up there?”  A character is shy by tucking into herself as she sits at the bus stop and doesn’t make eye contact.  A redhead is always getting called “sparks” or “carrot-top.”

Anyway, I hope this encourages you to create, love, and enjoy writing your characters!  Feel free to rant, fangirl, or describe your own (or your favorite) characters in the comments!

Doing Your Part

Last weekend, my family had lots of company over (about six families), and, as we like to do with guests, we all gathered in the den and spent some time singing the Psalms together (we sing acapella from the Scottish Metrical Psalter of 1650). 

Now my family is fairly musical, and my father, brother and I, all have good voices, but I am unable to sing the "other parts."  I can sing the regular tune, and that's it.  On a normal day, I don't care.  I'm quite happy to sing the soprano part with everyone else.  And I love it.


When company comes over, and they're very musical, then I get a little jealous of them.  I want to sing the alto (or even the men's parts) too!  Everyone starts off on their harmony, and I feel left out, like someone who is trying to play a song in a jam session but doesn't know the chords.  It's not that the singers are rude (they are the complete opposite of that, and I love them to pieces!!) but they're just doing their own thing, and I want to do it too, but I don't know how!!

So normally I wallow in self-misery, but over this weekend, I realized something.

Someone needs to carry the regular tune.  Someone has to belt it out with as much vigor and care as these amazing singers do to their harmonies.

Why?  Because without the regular tune, the harmonies just don't sound right.  It's called four-part harmony for a reason.  And who's going to do the fourth part?

The people who are just learning the tune?
The people who are more self-conscious and don't sing very loudly?
The people who just can't sing very well?
The children?



(Also, this is the singing of God's Word.  The point of singing it is not to sound beautiful, but rather to give praise to Him.  I really should not be sitting there pouting about the melody, but should rather be focusing on the words and the great things they speak of.)

So that was just something I thought I would share.  I've been thinking about that a lot - doing things that you think is boring or worthless, but is really important when you get right down to it.  Like doing the dishes or vacuuming.