How This Writer Gets Inspiration From Interrupted Times
Writer Spotlight: An Interview with Marcia Laycock
As a publication on Medium, we have grown to over 90 writers in 6 short months. We are excited to see what God is doing to get His Word out there.
Through this interview series, we want to share with you a little snapshot into the lives of our writers.
Marcia Laycock lives in Central Alberta, Canada and joined Koinonia in March 2019. You’re invited to join us in learning a little bit about Marcia and what makes her tick.
When did you join Medium? What influenced your decision to join?
I was invited by Janis Cox a few months ago.
When did you join Koinonia?
About that same time.
How long have you been writing and how did you come to it?
I have always written. Our home life was quite stressful when I was young so I would squirrel away in a cubbyhole in my bedroom and write short stories and poetry for my dolls. They didn’t complain so I kept doing it.
Who are some of the people who most influenced your decision to write?
A high school English teacher named Mrs. Burgess; one of my journalism profs. at university; Lucy Maude Montgomery, in her book Emily of New Moon; Rudy Wiebe who has always inspired me to do better.
Where do you get your ideas? What inspires you?
They come from odd places at odd times, often through incongruous things, or paradoxes; sometimes they come as I listen to my husband preach or as I read scripture. The fiction usually comes in scenes or a character suddenly takes shape in my brain.
What do you like most / least about writing?
I’m an introvert so I like the aloneness of it.
I don’t like the necessity of marketing.
How do you balance professional time with personal time?
That’s a difficult one to answer. As a pastor’s wife, my time is often not my own so I try to snatch bits of writing time when I can. I do try to guard my mornings as much as possible but ‘life’ often has a way of interrupting. I’ve come to learn that much inspiration can come in those interrupted times.
What Medium publications/writers are you currently following?
Koinonia right now, still exploring.
What are some of your favorite things? What makes you unique?
I love horses, dogs, cats and large bodies of water (I was raised on the north shore of Lake Huron). I came to Christ late in life so had a lot of “experience” that God has used in one way or another since I became a believer. I’ve learned that He wastes nothing and uses all of our uniquenesses.
How is your faith reflected in your writing?
It is the foundation and the river that runs through it. Even when I don’t think it’s there people seem to find it. I entered a poetry contest some time ago, through a secular group, and the judge commented on how it “so subtly pointed to God.” I was stunned and totally thrilled that he had seen what I didn’t even know was there.
What are some things you learned from your own writing? From others?
I continually learn about myself and my God through what He leads me to write. Often it’s quite humbling. I’ve learned His timing is always best and His plans are astonishing. From others — many have been teachers and mentors over the years and I am extremely grateful for their help.
What is your ultimate writing goal?
To glorify God by “revealing all of who He is and does and plans to do.” That’s a quote from one of my husband’s sermons. A huge undertaking? Yes. Can we really do it? Yes, because He has called us to it. But won’t it take forever? Yes! Into eternity! :)
What advice do you have for a newbie on Medium?
Put your heart out there. It’s what is needed and what God wants us to do.
Where else can we find you on the Internet? Do you have a website, blog, Pinterest board etc?
Thanks, Marcia Laycock for sharing a little bit of yourself with us today!
Stay tuned as we will be continuing our writer spotlight series with interviews of each of our other writers on Koinonia.
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