Walt Whitman was born on this day in 1819. His most well-known work is Leaves of Grass. He originally self-published the book with 12 poems. By the time the last edition came out, shortly before his death in 1892, it contained almost 400 poems. His poems include “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry” (originally published as “Sundown Poem”) and “Oh Captain, My Captain,” which was about the Lincoln assassination.
Monthly Archives: May 2013
It is good to praise the Lord and make music to your name, O Most High…
Psalm 92:1, NIV
How do you praise the Lord? What happens in your relationship with the Lord when you praise Him? How does music enhance your worship time? How does it help your relationship to God?
How can you use your insights/experiences in a personal experience piece? In a how-to article? In a devotion? In poetry? Do you know someone who is a Christian musician? Can you do a personality profile on them? How can you teach children about worship through your writing?
Bonus thought: Music is an area that’s full of writing ideas. What can you write about music?
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer. As you head into this season of picnics, pool parties and vacations, keep your eyes open for writing ideas. Tell stories from your family time. Offer how-to information on planning vacations. Give parenting advice on how to keep kids occupied while they’re off from school. How do you choose the right summer camp? How do you connect with neighbors in the summer? How do you keep your garden going? What’s the best way to celebrate the summer holidays?
Summer is full of writing ideas for fiction, nonfiction, poetry, devotions and writing for children. Make sure you glean every one you can.
Memorial Day is a time to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to keep us free. Do you know of someone who did that? Can you do a personality profile on that service member? Honor their sacrifice. Tell their story. Share their heroism.
Do you know a family who lost someone? You may need to give the family time to heal before you approach them about sharing their story. Honor their sacrifice, as well.
You could also write about the character qualities you can find in sacrifice. What can you write about courage and honor? How can you use them in fiction? In a devotion?
As you honor the fallen today, look for ideas to help you honor them through your writing.
© Deborah Christensen
Don Quixote is the best-selling novel of all time. Over 500 million copies of the novel have been sold.
The best-selling book of all time is the Bible.
My ideas usually come not at my desk writing but in the midst of living.
Give me understanding, and I will keep your law and obey it with all my heart.
Psalm 119:34, NIV
How does God help you understand His commands? What commands are easy for you to follow? What commands do you struggle with? Why? How do you develop a heart that longs to follow God’s commands?
How can you use your experiences and insights in a personal experience piece? In a how-to article? How can you use this verse in fiction? In poetry? In a devotion? How can you teach it to children through your writing?
How can you use your gift as a writer to encourage and support the people of Oklahoma?
- Can you do a profile of the Salvation Army’s efforts in the area? What about the Red Cross?
- What can you share about God’s care in the midst of devastation?
- What can you write about facing loss and grief?
- What can you write about serving each other and encouraging one another?
- What can you write about preparing for storms and surviving storms that may help people the next time a storm hits?
For many of us, spring is finally here. As we venture out of our houses, one of the first places we go is to our garden. What was dead brown earth a few weeks ago is now overrun with dandelions. How did that happen?
What matters most is what we do next. Pull the weeds. Buy new flowers. Get our garden in shape.
Have you ever thought about writing about your garden?
The Spiritual Side of the Garden
Gardening can give you uninterrupted time with God. Your garden can become a holy place. What has God taught you as you garden? How did He speak to you? What issues did He help you work through?
What lessons did you learn about God as you watched your flowers bloom? What did you learn about God’s care?
The Practical Side of Gardening
Whether you’re a new or a seasoned gardener, you’re always learning something about plants, sunlight, soil, plant food, garden design, and what works and what doesn’t. Have you ever considered writing about it? Gardening articles appear in more than just gardening publications.
What do new gardeners need to know before they begin? What does a gardener need to do if they decide to change the design on their garden? What do gardeners need to do during a drought? During times of excessive rain? How does weather affect the garden? What plants work best where?
Think of all the things you know about gardening. Someone else needs to know them, too. And, you can help by writing about it.
Take a walk around your garden. Pick a few ideas and begin writing today.
© Deborah Christensen
Shakespeare invented two familiar words: assassination and bump.