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It’s the New Year, and probably like me, many of you have thought about how to improve your writing for 2013. I personally had a hard time answering that question. As an editor and writer for others in the publishing world, I find it east to review and critique someone else’s manuscript. It’s different when it’s my own, I’m too close. I loose sight of the forest for the sake of the trees.

So, today during my prayer life, I asked God what do I need to improve? He is the ultimate author. I mean, who hasn’t seen a Bible somewhere? If He can inspire ancient men, why not me?

A bunch of questions came to mind…
Where do you want to go with your writing career?
Where are you headed with your desire to be a writer?
What kind of writer are you? And, do you know why?

In light of today’s competitive writing culture, these are some pretty tough questions. I know that when I first started out I just wanted an accolade and some experience. But now, a seasoned writer I know better than that. I know better than to tell my readers to aim broad. Instead, refine your focus and head straight into the direction of your calling.

What is your writing passion? Where do words come naturally in your speak-talk with others?
What is your greatest strength? Too often, Christian writers are told that it is their hurts that will be the source of their writing. Yes, and maybe no. My suggestion is to write from strengths and minimize weaknesses. Do you have an area that has been healed? What is your unique perspective and can you focus your writing on that? What fresh word can you deliver? People want hope. They want to hear of promises. Ann Voscamp is a prime example of a Christian writer who accomplished this.

Have you decided where you want to go? Is 2013 your a time to write forward? How is a past focused writing going to propel you to a successful writing future?

Something about Genesis 1:14 reminds me of the different ways writers are used in God’s Kingdom. It says, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night, and let them serve as signs to mark seasons and days and years.”

Jesus said in Matthew 5:14, “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill can not be hid.”

We live in a dark world. Your call to write is the same as your call to be the light.

People in darkness adjust to light differently. Some hide their eyes, others blink, and a few stare boldly into it knowing a moment of blindness will heal.

Some of us are bright lights, and others of us are stars sent to deliver the message of a heart’s cry. What is God’s calling on your writer’s voice? Is your word from God a bright message that requires boldness? Or a soft nudge? What kind of light writer are you?

This year as you seek to write? Seek to define the race that you have been called to run. And remember, the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. Be a direct line to God’s love. Shine bright city on the Hill. Shine for Him.

Song for the day:

Helping you to answer the call to write that is set before you,

Angelfire

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I have often heard Christian writers speak of a call to write. However, for some the call is not answered or left unfulfilled because of not knowing where to begin. So, I ask you these questions…

Are you called to write? If so, where is your beginning? Have you started and are asking yourself, now what?

A lot can be learned from scripture about fresh starts. God knows all about square one, or the empty slate that remains before eyes that long to see something amazing take place– something that mirrors the inner heart’s cry.

Genesis 1:1 says, “In the beginning God…” . Like you, dear writer, God started His creative time somewhere. Where do you want to begin? When will you decided to start? Ask yourself, “Where is my beginning?”  And more importantly, where does my beginning end?

Stephen Covey shared that the most successful beginnings start with the end in mind. But what if you only know that you have a feeling to write and the end is still unclear?  What then?

The process of creation is never an easy path to take. In fact, process is messy. Genesis 1:2 shares how even when the earth began to take shape and enter into existence out of the heart of God, it too was formless and empty…even dark.

Does that sound a lot like you when you first try to write? I know that it has happened to me. I am learning to take encouragement from God on how to navigate the process and just begin.

Write that initial idea down. If it’s a shapeless sentence made up of words without any coherency, that’s okay. God shows us that shape and form require intimacy with time and process.

Remember He “hovered” over the earth, and explored it’s form before He brought it to light. Like the beginning of God’s quest for intimacy with mankind, your writing springs from a deep desire to be known and to know. This longing comes from the soul of every human being, and it needs nurturing to form.

Stay close to your work. Hover over it a while. Leave it, and return to it with fresh eyes. Meanwhile, draw closer to God. Pray about the fact that you can’t see anything come from you that makes sense, or honors Him. Share your fears, but whatever you do, don’t let the process or fear of the unknown deter you from the task. In time, your moment of divine inspiration will come with clarity and purpose. In the end, the experience will give even more meaning to the phrase, “And let there be light.”

Helping you to answer the call to write that is set before you,

Angelfire

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