Just a photo today to tickle your funny bone.
Today I would just want to share with you 2 articles I’ve come across. One is a blog, the other is a human interest story. They show passion in writing.
The story: Lean on me: Loving and losing a dog
I was bitten by the writing bug when I was around 9 years old. My grandfather then was an ambassador to Switzerland and my mother encouraged us children to regularly write to him.
Before he accepted the ambassadorship, my grandfather was the editor-in-chief of one of the major dailies in my city. So when I would write to him, telling him about what 9 year olds did, he would send the letter back to me with editing marks and annotations on how my sentences would be more interesting. Then, at the bottom of my letter would be a hand-written note thanking me for the letter and the exhortation to continue to write and read, read, read.
My grandfather was a wide and voracious reader and he passed on that legacy to me and my siblings. He said reading would allow me to get through life and become successful. I certainly believed him, because he wasn’t able to enroll in college because of the war. He only finished high school, yet he went to become an editor-in-chief and an ambassador.
So I read and I learn. And the learning has never stopped. I covet it and it is what I pass on to the younger generation.
Covet learning and you will succeed in life!
The best advice a writer can receive is read and read. The second best advice is to write and write. But lets take the first advice first.
Read as much as you can. There are many reasons why.
1. To increase your vocabulary. You can’t be using the same words over and over again. What I do when I come across a word for the first time is write it in a notebook and then look up its definition. I then write the definition beside the word and try to write a sentence with the word.
2. To study writing styles and forms. How does the author weave a story? How does the author relay his information? How does he describe his characters? There is so much to learn about how the author writes to help you develop your own style and form.
3. To study the moods of the book. What bored you? What excited you? How did the characters speak? Will you be able to convincingly convey moods, emotions, thoughts in your writing?
4. To be informed. Many books, whether they be fiction or non-fiction, give out facts and figures. If they don’t, you can still apply nos. 1-3 above.
5. To enjoy. Reading should be a pleasure and not a burden. But make a habit of reading.
I suggest that you join a book community such as Goodreads and Wattpad, which are free to join. You can see what other people are reading and get ideas for your own book. I have accounts there so let’s hook up.
Reading helps you become a better writer.
I have always believed that writing is not only an activity of the mind, but more so an activity of the heart. While you are revealing your thoughts, you are also revealing your passion; and it’s passion that many readers are attracted to.
You are not only selling your books, but you are selling yourself. Through your books, you are indirectly telling your readers that you are an author who can be relied on to get a good story from (if you’re writing fiction) or who can provide trustworthy information (if you write non-fiction).
In other words, your written works are excellent, because you are excellent. Excellence is not what you do. Excellence is first who you are. This means that you have formed within you the character to achieve excellence in all endeavors, which of course includes writing.
Excellence is about developing your mind so your thoughts have clarity. It’s about developing your vocabulary so your words have depth. It’s about developing good work habits so you produce quality work. It’s about developing your spirit so you’re able to reach out with godliness.
Excellence has many aspects. Choose what you need to develop in yourself so you become a total person who makes a difference in other people’s lives, whether they encounter you personally or through your books.
Now, more than ever, is an excellent time to write a book and self publish it, more so if you are a Christian author. There are several reasons why:
1. The world has to know about Jesus Christ and what Christianity is all about. There are too many half truths and lies about Christ, his teachings and his followers.
2. There are many ways to author a Christian book. It doesn’t always have to be expositions of the Bible. It can be a life story or a testimony or even several testimonies. It can be fiction; yes, there is nothing wrong with writing fiction based on Christian thought. It can be a compilation of interviews of Christian leaders, for example, giving their views on certain topics.
3. It’s easy to self publish, which is what my site is all about.
The first things you need to consider before you write a book and self publish are:
1. Your subject matter and who you are reaching out to, i. e. youth, young professionals, singles, etc.
2. Finding a good editor. While you can probably edit your own manuscript, it helps a lot getting third-party eyes to not only edit but critique your work. Correct grammar and spelling go a long way to building up readership.
There are Christian readers out there that are waiting to learn about what you have to say. Go and reach out to them. Start writing!
The time is now.