Monday, February 10, 2014

A Step in the Write Direction--February 10, 2014--Why Do You Write

A Step in the Write Direction
February 10, 2014
Update: A busy week as I’ve had several books to edit and proofread, income taxes to prepare (I still do about 15-20 a year after selling my business), getting ready to teach an editing workshop on Friday, and finishing an assignment of 7 devotionals….Great thought from our pastor’s sermon yesterday. He does triathlons, and was talking about swimming in Tempe town lake. He says that sometimes when heading toward the third buoy, his goggles get fogged up, but instead of watching those beside him, he keeps his eyes on the buoy. When he finally reaches it (the end of the race), those on shore celebrate with him. It’s like our life race: Don’t look at those around you, keep your eye on the finish line, and when you reach it, there will be those who will celebrate with you. (Thanks, Ira Brown.)
Thought for the Day: “Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of somebody else” (Judy Garland).
Laugh for the Day—Definitions
    Adult: A person who has stopped growing at both ends and is now growing in the middle.
    Beauty Parlor: A place where women curl up and dye.
    Egotist: Someone who is usually me-deep in conversation.
    Handkerchief: Cold storage.
    Secret: Something you tell to one person at a time.
    Toothache: A pain that drives you to extraction.
    Tomorrow: One of the greatest labor-saving devices of today.
    Wrinkles: Something other people have. You have character lines.
                                    —Lutheran Digest, Volume 58, Spring 2011, No. 4, p. 48.
Song for Today:
O soul, are you weary and troubled? No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Saviour, And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus; Look full in His wonderful face;
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His glory and grace.
                        —“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” Helen Howarth Lemmel
Writer’s Question: Would you write without a byline? Send in your answers on this and I’ll print some next week, along with my response.
Writer’s Tips:
Why do you write? (continued):
Because Writing Is Fun
You may think you don’t like writing because you were forced to do it back in your school days.  Working on your own ideas, however, is totally different than school assignments, and way more

Getting an idea; deciding whether to put it into a story, an article, or a poem; outlining it; and sitting down to write it is a great experience. Then after going back over it and smoothing it out, or as someone put it, “separating the garbage from the gold,” you can submit it to a Sunday school take-home paper, newspaper, or magazine. Even when you’ve already been published, it’s still rewarding to show your friends and family a story with your byline!

·   **  Next week, income tax deductions for writers. If you want to see these before then, go to my web site:

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

Donna Clark Goodrich

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