6 Thoughts for New Christian Writers – Blog Hop
Fourth in a series of a Writers Blog Hop held by Ruth Snyder.
Our first blog hop can be found at Ruth Snyder. for 2014. Writing Goals.
Our second blog hop can be found here. Writing Tools.
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6 Thoughts for New Christian Writers
1. Always put God first.
I know as Christians we say this but … do we really do it? Whenever you are ready to put words on paper, centre yourself with Jesus. And expect Him to help you.
And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20, NIV).
2. Write for God.
No matter what type of writing you are doing write for God. Don’t write anything that would offend Him or upset Him. Don’t worry about what other people will think or say. They cannot harm you. Don’t look for praise from other people. Write for One alone. If you blog don’t count the hits or the comments – this can be destructive.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14, NIV).
3. Write from your heart and your experience.
Take situations and memories and make them come alive to explain a truth about God. Be real. This is especially true if you write Christian devotionals.
You are what you write ~ Helvy Tiana Rosa
4. Learn as much as you can.
Writers’ conferences are great places to learn about writing and connect. The Word Guild puts on a conference in Guelph called Write! Canada and Inscribe Writers’ Fellowship puts on a conference in the fall.
Join a small writers’ group. Encouragement and critiques in your writing will help you to enjoy what you do and improve.
Join writers’ groups. I belong to The Word Guild, Inscribe Writers Fellowship and the American Christian Writers.
5. Write all the time. And read too.
Start a daily journal to express your thoughts, write your prayers, study God’s Word and study other good Christian non-fiction books. Some of my favourite devotionals are:
The Upper Room
My Daily Bread
Oswald Chambers – My Utmost for His Highest
Grace Notes – Philip Yancey
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
Three of my favourite blogs are:
So reading and writing go hand in hand. Certainly if you want to write for a certain publication read and study that publication.
6. Network with other writers.
Be sure to seek out other writers – not just to learn as in number 5 but to become friends. Friends help each other out, through prayer, knowledge and comfort. You need that when you write.
Writing is a solitary experience so we need to reach out to others to broaden our horizons.
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