Sunday, September 28, 2014

A Step in the Write Direction--September 29, 2014--ABCs of Christian Writing

A Step in the Write Direction

September 29, 2014

Update: We lost my 61-year-old nephew last Wednesday after a massive stroke. Pray for his wife and two children, brothers and sisters, and especially my 83-year-old widowed sister who’ll be traveling from Arizona to Michigan for the funeral Thursday….Two writer friends and I meet about once a month to chat and critique manuscripts. This past week it seemed each of us was dealing with a different problem. Rather than dwell on them, I suggested that we find a Scripture verse to fit each situation and hang on to that in the days to come. Because I had had trouble sleeping, we came up with “I will give my beloved sleep” (paraphrase: Psalm 127:2). For my friend whose grandson was struggling with asthma, we selected, “Jesus went through all the towns and villages…healing every disease and sickness” (Matthew 9:35). And for the third woman, whose son was facing financial problems, we chose, “My God shall supply your every need according to his riches in glory” (Philippians 4:19). Note that in the King James Version, “need” is singular. As the Lord reminded me one morning when I saw this, “You have only one need and that is to draw close to Me. Then all your other needs will be supplied.”

Thought for the Day: When the books of a certain Scottish doctor were examined after his death, it was found that a number of accounts were crossed through with a note: "Forgiven--too poor to pay." But the physician's wife later decided that these accounts must be paid in full and she proceeded to sue for money. When the case came to court the judge asked but one question. Is this your husband's handwriting? When she replied that it was he responded: "There is no court in the land that can obtain a debt once the word forgiven has been written."

Song for the Day:
Jesus paid it all;
All to Him I owe.
Sin had left a crimson stain;
He washed it white as snow.
            “Jesus Paid It All,” Elvina M. Hall
Laugh for the Day:
"They tell me your son in college is quite an author. Does he write for money?"

"Yes, in every letter."

Writer’s Tips (from unpublished Writer’s Devotional)

ABC’s of Christian Writing

If any man minister, let him do it as of the ability
which God giveth: that God in all things may be
glorified through Jesus Christ (1 Peter 4:11).

A – Accept your call to write. “I’d write if I had the time,” I’ve often heard would-be writers say. However, I’ve never heard a minister say, “I’d prepare my sermon if I had the time.” Your minister does not find time to prepare his sermon; he makes the time. He does so in response to his call to preach.

Treat your writing as a calling and make the time. You may have to cut something else out of your schedule, but as someone once asked, “What are you now doing that someone else can do, so you can do what God has called you to do?”

B – Believe that God will help you succeed. There are five steps to becoming a successful Christian writer:

1. Be a Christian first, a writer second. Sally Stuart, editor of the Christian Writers’ Market Guide, says you can’t write from an empty cup. Keep your relationship with Christ uppermost.
2. Improve your skills. Read writers’ books and magazines. Send for sample copies and guidelines and study them. Attend writers’ seminars. Meet with editors. Join a writers’ club. Take a writing course.
3. Write something every day, even if it’s just a letter to a friend.
4. Submit your manuscripts, and if they are returned, resubmit them immediately.
5. Don’t give up.

C – Christ. He is the theme of our writing. It’s true that we write because we are called. And we write for the monetary reimbursement which is necessary to cover our expenses. But our main reason for writing should be to spread the good news that Jesus saves!

When our granddaughter was young, she enjoyed watching a particular video at our house with “Jesus Loves Me” and other songs on it. One day she wanted to watch it, but we were watching a baseball game.

“Pease,” she begged.

“We’re watching TV now,” I told her.

With pleading eyes she said again, “Pease, Grandma, I want to see Jesus.”

That’s what the world is asking of us as Christian writers. We shouldn’t worry about being clever, we shouldn’t get caught up in comparing ourselves with other writers,  how many manuscripts we’ve sold and the checks we’ve received. Before we go to our computers, we should go to our knees. The world is begging us, “Please, we want to see Jesus.”

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

Donna Clark Goodrich

·        A Step in the Write Direction—the Complete How-to Guide for Christian Writers
·        The Freedom of Letting Go
·        Healing in God’s Time
·        The Little Book of Big Laughs
·        Preparing Your Heart for Christmas (31 Advent Devotions)
·        Michigan and Ohio Cookbooks

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