For Writers in Making a Difference
Inside every writer is a story that must be told; lessons learned that must be shared; and encouragement that must be given. If that story isn’t told, then something is missing in our world.
Attending writers conferences is the best way to not only learn the craft and business of writing, but to make connections. Friendships are formed, and there is nothing like writing buddies to keep you encouraged to go the distance and finish those projects.
Join a writers group. I have found not only a critique group, but life long friendships. My writers group, called The Scribettes, started as a journaling group. We attended conferences together. We shared information. We critiqued each other’s work. We have shared each other’s lives and prayed together. We now have several published authors, in several venues including blogs, articles, books and more. Check this out: we started a blog together in October 2015 called “The Scribette Snippets” at https://scribettes.wordpress.com/
DO look for a writers group to join. It will make a difference in your writing life!
Advice For Writers
#1 Permisson to Shuffle Projects
Have you ever been stuck on a project that just is NOT coming together, no matter how you manipulate it? My friend, Nancy Bentz (https://nancybentz.com/) once told me that “want tos” give us energy and “have tos” drain it. Upon occasion, I have learned to set aside a manuscript that sapped my inspiration and work on a different one because it motivated me to move it along. If you wonder if your manuscript needs to be set aside, then it might. For now. It doesn’t mean forever. Give yourself permission to shuffle your projects and work on the “want tos.” There is a time and season for everything. At some point, your “set aside” work will call you. God is faithful. He will see that all the words He has given you to share will be done.
#2 Writers’ Calling: Share It All
Scribette writers discussed putting “out there” all the words God gives us. It is a calling and a commission. I heard Beth Moore (Bible teacher) say that God knows that if He gives her anything, she is going to share it. That made me wonder about what is private and what should be shared. But now I have come to the conclusion that nothing God gives is private (details and identities might be, however!). “All Scripture is given by the inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16). If that is true for God’s own words, then it would seem that people need to learn from the words He gives us, as well. Share it all. That’s our calling as writers: to put it out there.
#3 Why Journal?
I believe this is a MUST for writers. Journaling opens the internal wells and lets creativity flow. Seeing your words, as you write them, organizes your thoughts and helps you work through whatever current situations are presented. Past journals can be mined for the gems buried in them, and as writers, we are compelled to share those gems. How do you know if someone needs to see them to help them through their difficult time? Journaling helps us to remember the funny stories from the past that can be retold in the present. Through journaling, we create legacy for our families. It is still our calling as writers: to share our experiences any way God asks us to do so. Pray through those written words. God will send them like arrows.
#4 Take a Break
Truly, it is a good idea in any profession to take a break. But to get away from your desk and give your body a change of scenery will benefit you in the long run. Even if you are in the middle of a cerebral download. Even if you are struggling through writers’ block. Get up, and stretch those taut muscles. Take a walk. Eat a snack. Take a nap. Stare out the window. Pet the cat. After being refreshed, then get back to the desk and let the words flow.
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