A Time to Write

Ecc 3:1 (ASV) For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:

This week I finished reading the last two issues of the “Christian Communicator” magazine. They are hosting a fiction writing contest for a fee, with prizes.

In the marketing section I found that Chicken Soup for the Soul book publishers are looking for two different topics for articles due by June 30.

So I wrote an article two days ago and recently found a Chicken Soup for the Christian Soul book on my bookcase to read samples of their published pieces. Granted, it’s copyrighted in 1997, so I’ll need to check out current copies for the best examples.

The story I read today brought tears and by the end of the narrative, reminded me that people can change for the good.

Can I show and not tell in my own true story?

I read a few pages of Cecil Murphey’s book, Writer to Writer, published by OakTara Publishers and copyrighted in 2013. Each page presents a lesson learned over his lifetime as an author. I’m thinking his advice will help with the article I wrote.

I’m letting it rest, as I’ve mentioned before as a tip for better writing. I forced myself to write without editing and promised myself I’ll go back to re-write it.

I also spent time going through two market guides, one secular, one Christian. My file cabinet is bulging with articles that need tweaking, but hold nuggets of truth I believe will bless others. Also, I intend to query editors before sending manuscripts out blindly. My dad used to tell me to work smarter, not harder.

My life is on a different course at the moment and I’m reminded that time to write is a treasure to be grasped.

Colossians 3:23 (KJV) says, “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily as unto the LORD and not unto men.”

With that in mind, I intend to move forward with the skills I’m learning and leave the results with the Lord.

God bless!

Are You in a Rut?

I have been writing a paper for a lady for a week or so who advocates for brain-diseased individuals. This is new for her, hiring a writer so she can communicate her quest for help in a clearer way.

It’s at times like this that I have to pray not to get too caught up in her story so I can keep my equilibrium in life. For a time, I stopped watching the news on television because I was getting depressed. Now, I tune into the news on occasion to keep up with things, but I don’t live there. It does give me people and situations to pray for, that’s for sure.

I love writing for people most of the time. It’s a learning curve into someone else’s passion, into a subject area I might not have chosen on my own. Oftentimes, I know something about it and/or have experienced what they want to express to others. Have you ever learned about something you never dreamed you would absolutely love, once you tried it? Motorcycling grabbed the attention of someone I love. When they finally came to a place where they could buy one and learn to ride it, they dealt with the fear of possibly getting injured. Once they got past that, they went for their life-long dream. The reality became better than the anticipation.

That same person told me that the Bible said, 365 times, in various ways, “Do not fear.”

That’s a helpful antidote to staying in a rut. Putting the fear behind, reaching forward to a new hobby or job or relationship within God’s boundaries gives life fullness and freshness and tools to bless others, if you so choose to.