Monday, May 26, 2014

A Step in the Write Direction--May 26, 2014--Have You Jumped Yet?

A Step in the Write Direction

May 26, 2014

Update: The two Step in the Write Direction books are now combined and sent to the new publisher. I was excited this last week to receive an order for 25 of the existing Student editions for a local Christian school which will use it as a text in the fall….I also finished adding discussion questions to The Freedom of Letting Go, and that has gone to another new publisher. (Note: I bought the remaining inventory which I’m selling at a reduced price. If you would like to use this in a small group study at your church, I will send you the discussion questions separately.)…The next two Mondays I’ll be in Oklahoma. I’m going to write my two blogs ahead of time and set a time to be mailed. (If you don’t get them, you know I wasn’t that smart!)… Saturday, May 31, I’m teaching at a writers’ workshop in Wagoner, OK. On Sunday, our oldest granddaughter will get her district minister’s license, and the next Saturday, our youngest granddaughter will graduate high school. Summer news: I have two daylong writers’ workshops scheduled this summer in Michigan: July 12 at Houghton Lake, and July 19 in Adrian. If you know anyone in these parts, have them email me for more information.

Thought for Today:
From childhood’s hour I have not been
As others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring
My passions from a common spring—
            —“Alone,” Edgar Allan Poe

Song for Today:
If we could see, if we could know
We often day,
But God in love a veil doth throw
Across our way.
We cannot see what lies before,
And so we cling to Him the more,
He leads us till this life is o’er,
Trust and obey.
            —“If We Could See Beyond Today,” Norman J. Clayton
Laugh for Today: A blonde was caught putting Clearasil around the jail. When asked why she said she had heard it prevents breakouts. (sorry blonde readers!)

Writers’ Tips: (Week #2 from my yet unpublished writers devotional book):

Have You Jumped Yet?

We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first (Hebrews 3:14).

Our six-year-old granddaughter was taking swimming lessons. One requirement to receive a certificate was to jump off the diving board, but she was afraid.

Every day we asked our daughter and son-in-law, “Has Heather jumped yet?” Every day they replied, “Not yet.”

But the day finally came. Heather jumped…and jumped…and jumped.

An old adage says that a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step. I’ve often shared in workshops that I do not like freeways. I’m fine getting on where they begin, but I don’t like entering farther up the road where I have to merge with ongoing traffic.

As a writer, you have to start somewhere, so start at the beginning—with the basics. The story is told of Vince Lombardi, the renowned football coach, who gathered his players together in the locker room after a particularly bad loss. “We need to get back to the basics,” he told them. Holding up an object, he said, “This, men, is a football!”

Individuals in one writer’s group set personal goals to be met by the next meeting. One new writer proudly announced at a meeting, “I addressed an envelope.” It was a beginning!

What is the first step for you? To take an English class in night school? Perhaps a creative writing class, or a class in the specific field of writing you think you would enjoy—short stories, novel writing, non-fiction, or children’s. Maybe you need help to learn the computer. Another option is to join a local writer’s group—and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

Subscribe to writer’s magazines (i.e., The Writer, Writer’s Digest, The Christian Communicator). Make plans to attend a writer’s conference.

A.A. Milne of Winnie the Pooh fame says,
            Time is swift, it races by;
            Opportunities are born and die…
            Still you wait and will not try—
            A bird with wings who dares not rise and fly.
Have you jumped yet?
Today I am going to make a start. I will:

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

Donna Clark Goodrich


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