“Pray for peace in Jerusalem. May all who love this city prosper. 7 O Jerusalem, may there be peace within your walls and prosperity in your palaces. 8 For the sake of my family and friends, I will say, “May you have peace.” 9 For the sake of the house of the Lord our God, I will seek what is best for you, O Jerusalem.” Psalm 122:6-9 NLT
“So now there is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death.” Romans 8: 1-2 NLT
“Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” 1 Corinthians 15:58 NIV
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.
“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.
“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.”
Some New (to me) Writing Tips
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!)