Christian

Advice For Writers From Writers

Do you have a strong desire to write about Jesus, what He has done for you, and what you have learned from His Word? I do, too. But good intentions alone don’t make me an inspiring writer. I’ve studied writing since I started blogging in 2017, but that doesn’t mean I’ve reached success – yet.

In fact, I need lots of encouragement and guidance. I collected some quotes and advice that encouraged me to keep working at it, and working at it is the only way to get better. I hope these insights and tips will encourage and help you, too.

In his grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well …  If your gift is to encourage others, be encouraging.” Romans 12: 4-8 NLT

He is at work on your behalf, not to make you a best-seller, but to make you the best tool for His work… It’s about obedience. About writing, because that’s the task He’s given us. It’s about seeking to serve Him and others through the gifts He’s given us. 

~Karen Ball

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 ESV

When we set forth the truth plainly and simply through the example of human circumstances and how God works in the lives of everyone, we are leading our readers to a deeper, closer understanding of who Jesus is.

Author unknown

“Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin…” Zechariah 4:10 NLT

Almost all good writing begins with terrible first efforts. You need to start somewhere. Start by getting something—anything—down on paper. A friend of mine says that the first draft is the down draft—you just get it down. The second draft is the up draft—you fix it up. You try to say what you have to say more accurately. And the third draft is the dental draft, where you check every tooth, to see if it’s loose or cramped or decayed, or even, God help us, healthy.”

Anne Lamott

Some New (to me) Writing Tips

  1. Get inspired through research.

Before you begin writing, do some reconnaissance reading. Take notes as you read up on your subject material. Ideas will form as you research. Once you’ve jumped into the writing process, don’t stop to do more research. Instead, add a placeholder like [RESEARCH] and keep rolling. You can come back to finalize facts and add references when your first draft is finished.

2. Empathize with the reader.

Empathy can improve all kinds of writing. Take the time to put yourself in your reader’s place. Are you preaching to them, or are you engaging them by showing that you relate to their feelings and experiences?

3. Be fascinated in order to be fascinating.

The more interested you are about the subject you’re writing about, the more intrigued your readers will be with what you’ve written.

4. Don’t use unnecessary words and phrases. (This is a biggie!)

Every word needs to have a purpose in your writing, and there are plenty that don’t contribute anything but clutter. Get rid of them! 31 Words and Phrases You No Longer Need

Related Posts

Dear Christian Writer

How To Write An Encouraging Blog

God’s Purpose For Your Blog

10 Ways to Encourage Others Through Your Blog

Fan Into Flames the Gift God Gave You

How A Prayer Journal Can Enhance Your Blog

How To Write a Better Blog

Why Do I Blog? To Be Followed or To Follow Him?

I pray that the Lord will help us all to encourage one another through writing about Jesus and His love.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord …. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” Colossians 3:23-24 NIV

With Love, Cindy

Click this link to learn more about Jesus: Who Is Jesus?

http://internationalchristianfictionwriters.blogspot.com/2013/08/writing-quotes-to-inspire.html

realchristianwomen.blog  

27 thoughts on “Advice For Writers From Writers”

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Cindy. i appreciate the soft nudge to remember why i’m called to write and encourage through words and photos. Gonna jot down those Scripture verses in my prayer journal now. Hope your day is beautifully blessed

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Thank you Cindy for this encouraging and informative post. Writing has always been a craft, requiring practice and more practice. As Christian writers our added element is prayer, and lots of it. Every day is an adventure in serving Him!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Cindy– thank you so much for this post. I really needed to hear the following:
    He is at work on your behalf, not to make you a best-seller, but to make you the best tool for His work..
    Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin
    Also thank you for the related posts!
    You are an encouragement to me today!
    Blessings, Kate

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Good words of wisdom, Cindy! Tip #4 is one I find I need to use most of the time. By the time I’ve set aside the time to write, I have so much I want to say that I spend about an hour writing a post, and another hour whittling it down to under 1000 words.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. I have a few more that my grammar check actually deleted for me – like “actually.” Also “somewhat” and “rather.” I have been somewhat in the habit of using those, and rather ignorant about their redundancy until recently. 😉

        Like

  5. Hi, Cindy!
    God LOVES writing and is an author at heart! Numerous times he told Moses to write down what He said in order for His Word to be preserved. While oral tradition was the norm, God has always called people to preserve His Word. I am SO thankful that God is our Divine Author, Producer, Director and Editor! Our writing is a form of worship!

    This is how I approach writing as well! My best writing is when I have researched a passage/topic and found it interesting and then I am compelled to share! Love and blessings. So encouraged by this post!

    Liked by 2 people

  6. This is wonderful, Cindy! I am writing a memoir, finally nearing the end of my ‘down draft.’ Whew! It hasn’t been an easy story to write. But I am hoping and praying that the Lord will use my story to help lead others, lost and broken like I was, to Christ.

    Liked by 1 person

      1. Thank you so much! I don’t remember if I have told you what my book is about. The title of my book was going to be Growing Up Crazy. But then I realized that some people who have been diagnosed with PTSD or another psychiatric disorder, are offended by the word ‘crazy.’ The last thing I want to do is offend my intended audience with my title! So I have now changed the title and subtitle to the following:

        Memoir of a Scapegoat: Surviving PTSD, a Mental Institution, and My Appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

        Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s