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WHERE DO I GET MY WRITING IDEAS?

Posted on April 9, 2019 at 10:35 PM Comments comments (0)


In an recent documentary about his life,an aged and famous singer was asked where he got his ideas for his great and enduring songs. Without hesitation, he responded: “I just listened-in and observed the world around me.”


In her book, An Introduction To Christian writing, Ethel Herr says that   ‘’Ideas swarm around us everywhere – in all we see, hear, read, touch, experience, do, feel and learn about. The secret is to reach out and grab the inspiration.”

 

 Here are seven places she recommends to reach out and grab your writing ideas:


Yourself – ideas can be found in your past and present experiences, hobbies, journals, dreams and lessons learned in daily life.


Your family – ideas can be found in familiar sayings, experiences, relationship problems and bits of colorful ancestral history.


Your friends – ideas can be found in their experiences, hobbies, distinctive points of view, insightful conversations


Your church – ideas can be found in sermons, church members, special projects and programs, attitudes


Your community – ideas can be found in neighbors, club and organizations, historical landmarks, social programs


The media – ideas can be found in stories of people doing interesting things, letters to the editor, classified ads, TV shows and movies


Miscellaneous sources – ideas can be found in books, travels, the content of your purse, conversations you overhear, the doctor’s waiting room


Are you struggling to find something to write about today?  Then look around, and you’ll find your ideas are everywhere!

 

Sharing the journey,

 

Jeaninne

 

Responding to the call of writing:  Name one place from which you generate your writing ideas? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!

Step by Step

Posted on March 27, 2019 at 10:35 AM Comments comments (0)

It’s such a fun time in a baby’s development when they begin to walk. But since the art of walking can be daunting at times, a baby may decide it’s easier to keep crawling. However, as his mother gently encourages him each day to take a step, a baby gains confidence in his walking abilities.


Similarly, the goal of writing for publication can be a daunting task to achieve. And as an aspiring writer, you may even decide to give up on your desire to write for publication because the task is too hard to accomplish. But instead of looking at your long-term goal, focus instead on taking one step at a time towards your destination. For example, take a step to write a certain time each day towards your writing goal, or take a step to write a certain amount each day towards your writing goal. You may start off a little shaky at first, but if you’ll take your first step, you’ll gain the confidence needed to take the next, until you’re walking confidently.


Sharing the journey,

Jeaninne

Are you growing?

Posted on December 6, 2016 at 12:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Grow in the grace and knowledge our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. II Peter 3:18. NLT

Have you ever put on an item of clothing, only to realize you had outgrown it, and it was time to move up to another size?Such was the case with the writer's conference I attend every year. After receiving my conference brochure recently in the mail , I highlighted the workshops I wanted to attend, but noticed that I only highlighted a few. After thinking over the reasons for my decision, I realized it was because I had outgrown my annual conference, and it was time to move on to another one to meet my needs.


As you prepare to write for publication , be sure to take advantage of the writing conferences that are offered to help you learn the industry and hone your craft as a Christian writer. But if you find you're disenchanted with a particular conference after you’ve attended it a number of times, it could mean it’s time for you to move up to another “size.”

Sharing the journey,

Jeaninne

 

Writer’s prayer: Father, thank you for the resources you send my way to help me develop my craft as a Christian writer. I plan to outgrow every one. Amen.