|Posted on July 23, 2019 at 9:05 AM||comments (0)|
I didn’t feel like writing my blog post today. I needed to write my blog post so I'd have it ready to include in my weekly newsletter, but the motivation just wasn't there. So I almost didn't write a blog post for today's newsletter. Until I remembered my why.
You see, my why determines why I write. My why is my purpose for writing. It helps me get up every day and stay committed to my writing goals. And it reenergizes me when the journey of writing gets weary along the way.
So I took some time this morning to reflect on the following question: Why am I writing?
- I am writing because I want to make a living as a writer
- I am writing because I want to inspire other Christian writers
- I am writing because I want to teach
- I am writing because I want to create a body of work I can be proud of and leave as a legacy
- It is my life goal to write a book I can be proud of and can hold in my hand
- I want to get an agent and a publishing deal
- I want to see my book on the shelves of a bookstore
- I want to reach readers with my words
- I want to sell lots of books.
- I want to receive critical acclam and win a literary prize
- I want to make a full-time living with my writing
- I want to create a body of work that I can be proud of over my lifetime.
Responding to your call to write: What is your "why" for writing? Share your feedback via my blog or Facebook page!
|Posted on June 11, 2019 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act. Travel steadily along his path. Psalms 37:34, NLT
School is out and vacation season has officially arrived. Many of us will now pack our suitcases and travel to various destinations for a fun-filled vacation. Whether our travels are on a road trip from one state to another or in the air flying to our favorite vacation destination, this is the time to wind down from our hectic, harried lives and enjoy time just doing nothing.
But sometimes our travel plans don’t go as we expect. Flights are postponed, turbulence occurs and cars break down on the road. But in spite of the challenges that occur along the way, with a sense of determination we finally make it to our desired destination.
Like vacation travels, your plans to write for publication will not always go as planned. You may plan to committ to a certain amount of time writing every day, yet your time gets eaten up by other obligatons. You may plan to complete a writing project by a certain date, yet you find it's still unfinished when the date rolls around. You may plan to submit something you've written to a designated market, yet the fear of rejection keeps you from moving forward.
Like the desired vacation destination you're determined to reach during your summer travels, don't give up on the travel plans you have made to write for publication, no matter what challenges you encounter along the way. Keep planning your writing time. Keep working on your manuscript until it's completed. Keep submitting your writings for publication. Keep traveling along the path God has laid out for you as His Christian writer, until you finally arrive at your desired destination.
Sharing the journey,
Responding to your call to write: How will you keep traveling this summer on your journey as a Christian writer untiil you reach your desired writing destination? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!
|Posted on May 13, 2019 at 8:35 PM||comments (0)|
Don’t get discouraged and give up, for (you) will reap a harvest of blessings at the appropriate time. Galatians 5:7 NLT
It's graduation season and I always enjoy every graduation I attend. Because it’s a reminder that the early morning rising for classes and the grueling late night study sessions have finally paid off.
But I’m sure there were days when many students didn’t think they’d make it to their graduation ceremony. Days when school was difficult and they felt like giving up on their dream of getting their degree or diploma. But since they chose to keep moving toward their goal, in spite of the challenges they encountered along the way, they are able to now walk across the stage to receive their coveted award.
Like these graduates, you can expect to encounter challenges along the way as you seek to write for ministry. Challenges that may at times cause you to want to give up on your dream to become a Christian author. But just as the student kept working hard to to receive their degree, keep working hard toward your writing goals. And one day, we’ll be attending your graduation too!
Sharing the journey,
Questions for reflection: What are you doing today to prepare for your graduation from writer to author? Post your comments on my blog. I enjoy hearing from you!
|Posted on April 30, 2019 at 10:10 AM||comments (1)|
On a beautiful and breezy Sunday afternoon , on the 18th hole on one of the the most beautiful golf courses in the world, Tiger Woods won his fifth Masters tournament and his 15th major title. But this was a different win for Tiger Words, for this victory was accomplished after he got back up again.
You see, Tiger Woods had fallen down. He had fallen to personal problems. He had fallen to health problems. And he had fallen to legal problems. He had even fallen to the disrespect and disdain of his colleagues and friends. But the good news is that Tiger did not allow his problems to keep him down. With a dogged determination and a heart of resilience, Tiger was able to rise back up again and win his 15th major title.
It says so much about him. So much about his perserverance. So much about his willpower. For Tiger could have given up when he fell down to health and personal problems. He had enough championships under his belt . He had enough millions to retire and live comfortably for the rest of his life.
But Tiger wasn’t done. He still loved the game of golf and wanted to keep playing. So he did the hard work required to play again: The back surgeries. The daily trips to the gym. The ice baths. The golf sessions. The gratitude training. Asking forgiveness from those he hurt - his wife, his mom, his children, his colleagues, his friends.
And today he stands. Holding another coveted trophy. All because he was willing to get back up again.
But Tiger isn't the only one who has fallen, because I’ve also fallen many times on my journey to write for ministry. I’ve fallen to discouragement when financial problems arose that impeded me from living out my writing calling. I’ve fallen to depression when I didn't understand why I hadn't yet achieved the success others had attained as Christian writers. I’ve fallen to procrastination when I’ve allowed other people and things to interfere with accomplishing my daily writng goals. So I'm thankful for Tiger's victory, for he reminds me that when I've fallen on my journey to write for the kingdom, I don't have to stay there. With a determined spirit, a steely focus and a continued belief in myself, I can rise back up again!
And you can too!
Sharing the journey
|Posted on April 9, 2019 at 10:35 PM||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,
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!
|Posted on March 27, 2019 at 10:35 AM||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,
|Posted on December 6, 2016 at 12:20 AM||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,
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.