Sunday, April 21, 2013

A Step in the Write Direction--April 22, 2013

A Step in the Write Direction

April 22, 2013


Don’t have much to update—just did a couple of proofing jobs this week, one a book for women and one a great book on the Holy Spirit by Lloyd Ogilvie. Also had a birthday party for our daughter visiting from Oklahoma, and tonight we had her family, our other two children, and some friends over for hamburgers, etc., and slides from the “olden days.”

Tomorrow morning we have to be at the hospital at 7 a.m. for my husband to get his new defibrillator implanted. Our specific prayer request is that they can use the same wires. If not (and they couldn’t the last time), this will require another hospital stay and another surgeon/surgery. We appreciate your prayers so much.

Next Friday a publisher is taking a series of six of my devotional books to committee. Just praying for God’s will if that is the right publisher!

Thought for the Day:

“Don’t aspire to make a living. Aspire to make a difference” (Denzel Washington in GQ).
Laugh for the Day: (a little late for tax day, but funny)
Father O'Malley answers the phone... "Hello, is this Father O'Malley?" "It is." "This is the IRS. Can you help us?" "I can." "Do you know a Ted Houlihan?" "I do." "Is he a member of your congregation?" "He is." "Did he donate $10,000.00?"  (pause)  "He will."

Challenge for the Day:

Following is a testimony from reader Joana Melisia James: For a while I’ve been feeling like writing was pointless. I lost my zeal and I felt like I wasn’t really helping anyone. A few days ago, my best friend from high school—whom I haven’t seen in about a decade as she now lives in the US—sent me a message. She is engaged and 3 months pregnant. Two weeks before the wedding, her fiancé called to say he wanted to postpone the wedding (he really sounded like he wants to call it off though). She was devastated and really scared for what her future would turn out to be. Then she picked up my devotional “Trusting God with your future.” Her exact words were, “Thank you for writing this book because now I know that no matter what happens, God is in control of my future.”

Is there something God has laid on your heart to write that would help someone going through a rough time today?

Writer’s Hints:

Since one day last week was Newspaper Columnist Day, I thought you might enjoy some hints on writing for newspapers:

Years ago, I wrote a devotional column called “Bits and Pieces” for a weekly Michigan newspaper. When we moved to Arizona, I sold these same devotionals to the daily newspaper under the title “Faith at Home” for the weekly church page. (These eventually ended up in a woman’s devotional book for Standard Publishing.)

How about your hobby or skill—household or car repair hints, financial tips, couponing, or gardening. Your occupation? A pediatric nurse wrote a question-and-answer column concerning children’s health problems. History? A column on what happened 50 years ago on this date will catch the eye of old-timers, as well as area newcomers. Profiles on interesting people in your area? I wrote another column entitled “The Parsonage Queen,” in which I interviewed local pastors’ wives.

Do you like to read? How about a book review column? Or humor? Do you always see the weird side of things?

If you're interested in writing a column, write or visit the appropriate editor with your bio sheet, along with several sample columns. This not only shows your writing ability, but if he or she accepts the idea, you have extra columns on hand in case of emergency or vacation.

If the editor expresses interest but says the paper can’t pay, offer to write the column for free for a period of time. Then ask friends to write or call the newspaper, saying how much they enjoy the column. After an agreed-upon period, talk to the editor again and say you’d like to continue writing at their regular rate.

Have a good week spreading the
gospel through the printed page!


Donna Clark Goodrich




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