Monthly Archives: February 2013

Here is an interesting source of writing ideas:

Junk Mail Ideas | Christian Writers Guild.

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Seeds of Truth – Psalm 20:4

May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed.

Psalm 20:4, NIV

How has God given you the desire of your heart? How did He make all your plans succeed? How did you grow through the process? What obstacles did you face along the way? How did God help you?

How can you share your story through a personal experience piece? How can you share your insights and helpful tips through a how-to article? How can you use this verse in fiction? In a devotion? In poetry? Is there someone who has lived out this verse? What kind of personality profile can you write on them? How can you explain this verse to children?

This blog post offers some unique writing prompts to get you thinking and writing about your faith.

Philosophy-Inspired Writing Prompts.

Gleaning Writing Ideas from Someone Else’s Health Struggle

lamp and snowWith one phone call, everything changed. My aunt had a stroke. Suddenly, our family dynamics rearranged themselves in ways we never expected.

We’re educating ourselves on the needs of the disabled. We discovered entire stores that cater to those needs. We’re also learning about rehab, care centers, wheelchairs, government programs and the struggles of a health crisis. I can now see how attitude affects the way someone faces a crisis and the importance of relationships in a time of need.

Personal Experience

Have you found yourself in a caretaking role? What toll is it taking on you personally? How have you learned to balance taking care of someone else and your own life?

What do you do to lift the other person’s spirits? How do you maintain your patience, love, encouragement and joy with the other person?

Your story may help other caretakers realize that they’re not alone. Their feelings are normal.

How-To

What health warning signs did your loved one miss? How could your loved one have avoided the health crisis? How can you help your readers prepare before a health crisis hits them?

How did you find solutions to the issues that arose in caretaking? What do you wish you knew before the crisis hit? What questions do you wish you asked before choosing a care facility? Before you chose a care plan?

Your insights may point your readers to solutions they never thought of before.

Personality Profile

Do you know someone who has successfully navigated through caretaking issues? Do you know someone who’s gone through a health crisis and grew as a person because of it? Can you do a profile on them?

Devotions and Poetry

Caretaking stirs up a lot of emotions. It can also teach you about yourself and God. How did you use these issues to grow in Christ? What kind of devotion can you write? What Scriptures would you use to support the devotion? How can your express your feelings through poetry?

Fiction

How can you use this experience as the foundation of a novel or story? How can you incorporate it into the life of one of your characters?

Someone else’s health struggle teaches you about your own health and about caretaking. You can share your insights on both sides of the struggle and help your readers prepare before a health crisis hits.

What have you learned from someone else’s health struggle? Please comment below. Your insights may spark a writing idea for someone else.

© Deborah Christensen

From the Idea Garden – Attitude is Everything

A relative of mine is in a care facility recovering from a stroke. I visited her yesterday. She spent a lot of time complaining about the food, the other residents, the people who care for her, her apartment and the care she’s receiving. My heart broke for her.

As I left, I met a woman outside on a handicapped scooter. I said hi to her. She smiled back and said, “I’m just out here enjoying the winter.”

“I love snow,” I said.

“Oh, so do I,” she said. A big grin brightened her face.

Now, that was someone who embraced her life circumstances and found blessings in little things.

How does attitude affect the way you face life? Have you ever had to change your attitude to cope with a new life situation? How did God help you do that? What did you learn about God? What did you learn about yourself?

How can you use these insights in your writing?

Friday Fun Facts: Harry Potter

J.K. Rowling couldn’t find a publisher for her first Harry Potter book. When Bloomsburry Press finally decided to publish it, they only printed 500 copies. They also asked her not to use her first name, which is Joanne, because they didn’t think the target audience—young boys—would want to read a book by a woman. The book has now sold over 400 million copies worldwide and has been made into a series of movies.

Random Trails: How To Be Creative When Your Brain Doesn’t Want To Play | Write to Done

This is a great post. However, I need to warn you because I don’t want to offend anyone. It’s a little long and the writer uses language that I don’t use but it’s full of great ideas.

How To Be Creative When Your Brain Doesn’t Want To Play.

Random Trails: Journal Writing Ideas: Fusing Art and Words Together | Writing Forward

I’m not artistic but art and nature inspire me. This post gave me some great ideas to get inspired.

Journal Writing Ideas: Fusing Art and Words Together.

Random Trails: How To Never Run Out of Creative Ideas | WritersDigest.com

I realized I never posted this one. I will also be posting other posts from other blogs today. They all offer ideas for spurring on your creativity and gleaning writing ideas.

How To Never Run Out of Creative Ideas | WritersDigest.com.

Seeds of Truth – 1 Peter 4:10

 Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,

faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.

1 Peter 4:10, NIV

What gifts has God given you? How did you discover your gifts? How do you use them to serve others? What have you learned about yourself as you used your gifts? What have you learned about others as you used your gifts? What have you learned about God’s grace? How do you faithfully administer God’s grace? What has it taught you about a serving attitude?

How can you use your insights in a personal experience piece? A how-to article? In a devotion? Do you know someone who lives out this verse? How can you use their story in a personality profile? How can you use this verse in fiction? In poetry? How can you explain it to children?

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