Monthly Archives: January 2013

From an Idea Harvester – William Faulkner

“I only write when I am inspired. Fortunately I am inspired at 9 o’clock every morning.”

Random Trails: Writing Prompts | WritersDigest.com

Here’s a writing prompt for you to stretch your writing muscles:

Creative Writing Prompt: A Suicide Note | WritersDigest.com.

And if you write poetry, here’s one for you:

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 208 | Write a Forever Poem | Share Poems | WritersDigest.com.

Seeds of Truth – Psalm 39:7

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.

Psalm 39:7, NLT

Have you ever tried to put your hope in someone/something other than God? What happened? How did you discover that your only hope is in God? How did that change your life? How did it affect the choices you make? How did it impact your relationship with God?

How can you use your story and insights in a personal experience piece? What tips can you offer your readers in a how-to article? How can you use this verse in fiction? In poetry? In a devotion? How can you explain it to children?

Random Trails: Winter-Inspired Writing Prompts | Writing Forward

Here is some winter inspiration for your writing:

Winter-Inspired Writing Prompts :Writing Forward.

Weathering the Writing or Writing the Weather

winter treesIn my corner of the world, ice encased everything, thunder crashed, rain poured and fog covered us like a blanket – all in the last two days. So what’s next? I don’t know but it should be interesting.

Have you ever considered writing about the weather? Does that sound boring?

Think back to all the times weather affected your life: your flight was cancelled because of a tornado, your kids’ school closed because of a blizzard, you played in the rain or you did business with God on a walk in the bright sunshine. Weather often impacts the choices we make. So, why not write about it?

Personal Experience Pieces

Share your stories. When your flight got cancelled, did you get an opportunity to share the Gospel with someone in the airport? Did you build a special relationship with your kids as you played games during the blizzard?

During those times, how did God change your plans? Your relationships? The way you relate to Him?

Everyone has a weather story. Share yours and give your reader a new perspective on how God can work through the weather.

How-To Articles

I know someone who died of a heart attack while shoveling snow. It’s changed the way I shovel.

People need tips on how to handle weather situations. How do you prepare for a hurricane? How do you weather-proof your house? How do you drive in the snow? How can too much sun impact your health?

If you’ve had to answer these questions for yourself, chances are that someone else needs those answers, too. You can provide them.

What Else Can I Write?

Use weather in your fiction:

  • Your main character gets into an accident in the rain.
  • A significant character dies in an avalanche.
  • A character survives a tornado.

You can create conflict with the “man vs. nature” scenario and move your story along.

Weather can inspire your poetry. It gives it mood. It can also inspire a devotion or meditation. What have you learned from God in a weather situation? Trust? Thankfulness? Overcoming fear? Share it with your reader.

Weather and Kids

When I was a child, the scariest thing I ever saw in a movie was the tornado in The Wizard of Oz. It took me years to overcome that fear and a little bit of it still lingers today.

Explain weather to kids. You can offer a perspective to them so that they don’t fear it. Instead, give them tools to deal with it and help them know what to do in different weather situations.

Tell stories that help them trust God and know that He’s bigger than any weather they experience.

Weather sets the tone for our life. We make adjustments based on the weather. Use that. Write it. You will connect with your reader because weather touches everyone.

© Deborah Christensen

Random Trails: 100 Twitter Hashtags Every Writer Should Know | Suite101

This is great if you’re on Twitter.

100 Twitter Hashtags Every Writer Should Know | Suite101.

Seeds of Truth – Proverbs 16:3

Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

Proverbs 16:3, NIV

How do you commit everything you do to the Lord? How have you seen Him work through it? How have you seen Him help your plans succeed? How have your plans changed after you committed them to the Lord? What happened when you tried to go your own way instead of committing your plans to the Lord?

How did it change the way you relate to your spouse? How did it change the way you parent? How did it affect the way you work?

How can you share your insights through a personal experience piece? A how-to article? A devotion? Through fiction? Poetry? How can you explain these insights to children?

Writing for Life

AveryToday is the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade. “Jane Roe,” whose real name is Norma McCorvey, has since become a Christian and pro-life – as am I.

I used to be pro-choice, until my sister was pregnant with my nephew. Suddenly, I realized that he was a baby kicking, not a blob of cells.

Abortion has left millions of shattered lives in its wake. Your life, or someone you know, may have been destroyed. Writing about it can bring healing. Or, it can help someone else heal.

Personal Experience Pieces

What is your story? How did your abortion or the abortion of someone close to you affect you? How did you relate to God during that time? How did you deal with your guilt? What brought you to repentance? How did you experience God’s love and forgiveness?

How did your abortion affect the way you viewed your family? What choices did you make as a result of healing from your abortion?

Perhaps you chose not to have an abortion? What choices did you make? How did that change your life?

What is your involvement now with the pro-life movement? What prompted you to get involved? How did your involvement change your life?

Tell your story. Use a pen name. Someone needs the encouragement you can give.

Other Nonfiction Avenues

Offer your readers a how-to article. What do they need to know if they choose to raise the child themselves? What do they need to know if they choose to give the child up for adoption?

How do they recover from an abortion? How can they learn to trust God’s forgiveness?

Write a devotion. Take your readers on a spiritual journey toward healing and God’s forgiveness. Before they choose abortion, introduce them to Scriptures that show that God knows and loves their baby in the womb. After an abortion, show them Scriptures that help them know that nothing can separate them from God’s love.

Share your pain and your journey through poetry. Poetry offers a unique way to share your soul.

Consider featuring a pro-life leader or advocate in a personality profile. Highlight a pro-life ministry. Help your readers understand that people are still working for the cause of life.

What About…

Fiction. Build the entire storyline around the abortion issue or make it a thread in the story.

Writing for children. Create stories and articles for children that emphasize the sanctity of life. Young children are obviously too young for the gruesome details of abortion. But, they know about babies and they understand how helpless they are.

Even 40 years later, we can still take a stand for life. And as writers, we can help our readers understand that all life is precious.

© Deborah Christensen

From an Idea Harvester – Agatha Christie

The best time for planning a book is while you’re doing the dishes.

Friday Fun Facts: Winnie the Pooh and Roget’s Thesaurus

This date is actually known for two things:

A. A. Milne, who wrote Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner, among others, was born in 1882. He once said, “Almost anyone can be an author; the difficult business is to actually collect money from this state of being.”

Peter Roget was born in 1779. He compiled the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases in 1852. While he was still alive, it went through 28 editions. Writers, today, still use Roget’s Thesaurus to find just the right word.

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT: What is your fondest memory of Winnie the Pooh? What is your favorite word from Roget’s Thesaurus?

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