Plowing Together: Persecuted Christians – Please Comment

All over the world, Christians are being persecuted. This weekend, 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded. What can you, as a writer, do for your brothers and sisters?

Please comment. You play an important role. You may inspire others.

Friday Fun Facts: Vonnegut and Saab

Before Kurt Vonnegut was a writer, he owned the first Saab dealership in the United States. Within a year, it failed.

For people who love his books, that’s a good thing.

Random Trails: Writing Tips – Write What You Know | Writing Forward

These are great tips. I hope they inspire you.

Writing Tips: Write What You Know | Writing Forward.

Seeds of Truth: Psalm 28:7

The Lord is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart.

Psalm 28:7, NLT

What does it mean to you to trust God with all your heart? How do you live that out? How is He your strength and shield? What does that mean in your everyday life?

How can you use this verse in your writing?

  • Let this verse inspire a devotion.
  • Tell a story of how this verse impacted your life and write a personal experience article.
  • Give your readers step-by-step tips in a how-to article.
  • Write fiction around this verse.
  • Write poetry around this verse.
  • Tell someone else’s story. How have they learned to trust God with all their heart?
  • Explain this verse to children in an article or story.
  • How does this verse inspire your writing on marriage? Parenting? Health issues? Work? Finances? Emotional struggles? Relationships? Spiritual growth? Prayer?

 

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Plowing Together: Being a Writer with Integrity – Please Comment

How do you ensure that you’re writing with integrity? How do you keep your ideas truthful?

Please comment. This is an important discussion to have.

Ideas with Integrity

lamp and snowThis past week, the top-rated TV news anchor came under fire for embellishing—lying about—news stories. Witnesses have come forward to say that his version of events in Iraq and during Hurricane Katrina did not happen.

These stories would’ve made great fiction. But as news stories, they lack integrity.

Several years ago, I attended a conference held by a Christian press association. One of the speakers was a well-known and award-winning journalist. He enthralled us with stories of life in war zones. He told us amazing tales of miracles. You could hear a pin drop in the room.

I remember one of those stories. He claimed that he needed to escape a frightening situation. God opened up an alley where none had existed so that he could get away.

A few months later, he was fired from his job for lying in his stories. He was so well-known and so many people had trusted him for so many years that it made the news. I felt foolish. Here I was, a professional editor, believing spectacular stories with no proof or corroboration.

As Christian writers, we need to make sure that we use our ideas with integrity. Is it true? Are we claiming it’s true? Are we “embellishing” our ideas? Would it work better as fiction?

On the other hand, we also need to be wise when contemplating the idea of telling someone else’s story. We can’t believe something just because someone tells us it’s true. God does work miracles. But as writers, we need to do our research. Can we verify the details? Who else witnessed it? What is their perspective? How trustworthy is the person telling us the story?

We need to write with integrity. Embellishing our ideas might make us look more spiritual or blessed in a special way. However, it brings dishonor to the Kingdom of God.

Accepting someone else’s embellished story also dishonors God. If we naively write a story of a miracle without checking the facts, we look foolish and we perpetuate the stereotype that Christians just look for the sensational.

God works in powerful ways. We don’t need to enhance the story. We need to tell the truth.

© Deborah Christensen

Random Trails: From 101 Creative Writing Exercises – Freewriting | Writing Forward

This link is from a while ago but I think it’s a great way to get writing ideas. It will be fun for you and stretch you a little.

From 101 Creative Writing Exercises: Freewriting.

Seeds of Truth: Ephesians 6:10

Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.

Ephesians 6:10, NLT

This is a powerful verse that tells us to get our strength from the Lord. It encourages us when we’re weak and when we face overwhelming obstacles. He has the mighty power. It’s a power that we lack. Therefore, be strong in His power.

How can you use this verse in your writing?

  • How have you seen this verse at work in your life? Tell your story in a personal experience article.
  • What tips can you offer to help your readers know how to be strong in the Lord? Write a how-to article.
  • What poetry can you write that’s based on this verse?
  • What kind of devotion can you write? What would be your opening anecdote?
  • How can you use this verse as a theme for fiction?
  • How can you explain this verse to children through articles and stories?
  • Who lives out this verse? Write a personality profile on them.
  • How does this verse impact your marriage?
  • How does it impact your parenting?
  • How does it affect the way you deal with difficult people?
  • How do you use this verse at work?
  • How does this verse affect the way you make decisions?
  • How does this verse help you live out courage? What about when you feel afraid? What about when you feel anxious?
  • How does this verse help you face illness?
  • How does it affect the way you pray?

Breaking News: Harper Lee, Author of “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Is to Publish a Second Novel – NYTimes.com

Read the complete story here:

Harper Lee, Author of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ Is to Publish a Second Novel – NYTimes.com.

Plowing Together: When the Snowstorm Comes – PLEASE COMMENT

I live in the Chicagoland area. At about 8 p.m. on Saturday night, it started to snow, and it didn’t stop until sometime in the middle of Sunday night. On Monday, I was snowed in – literally. I couldn’t get out of either my front or back door and my car was buried. I finally made it out at about 4 p.m. My neighbor had to help me open my back gate. And, the snow was so heavy on my car that I felt anxious about it. Years ago, a family friend died shoveling snow and a relative died while cleaning off her car from a heavy snow.

It got me thinking. I see a lot of writing ideas in my experience:

  • children’s articles on snow and winter
  • a children’s story about a snow day
  • a how-to article about dealing with “killer” snow with tips and insights
  • a how-to article about building relationships with neighbors
  • a personal experience piece about dealing with anxiety
  • a devotion about dealing with anxiety

That’s a lot from one experience.

What about you? What was your most memorable snowstorm experience? What writing ideas can you come up with? Please comment. Your insights may inspire others.

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