Category Archives: 4th of July

Happy Independence Day

What does freedom and independence mean to you? How does it touch your life? What can you write about it all throughout the year?



Plowing Together: Using Summer Activities as Writing Inspiration – Please Comment

Summer is filled with activities that we don’t do during other times of the year: trips to the beach, vacations, outdoor activities, new and exciting adventures. How do you keep thinking as a writer while you’re engaging in summer fun? How do you glean writing ideas from your summer activities?

Please comment. You might inspire someone else.

The Power of Freedom

fireworksI took last week off, which means I haven’t written a main blog post since before the 4th of July. It’s given me a lot of time to think about freedom.

Celebrating Freedom

How do you celebrate the freedom of our nation? What do you know about the history of Independence Day that readers would want to know? How has our view of freedom changed since we first declared it in 1776?

How can you inspire your readers vote responsibly? How can you motivate them to fight the erosion of our freedoms? How can you encourage them to act on the issues that are most important to them?

Freedom in Christ

How does the freedom we have in Christ impact your life? How does it affect the decisions you make?

How does the freedom we have in Christ intersect with our freedom as a nation? How does your relationship with Christ make you a better citizen?

Writing for Freedom

Whether you share your own story or you offer insights to your readers on how to become more politically involved, you, as a writer, are in a unique position. We have freedom of the press in this country. You can spur your readers on to action to stand for our freedom.

Think about the wide variety of ways you can do it:

  • a personal experience piece through which you share a story from your family, your military service (or someone else’s service), or your community service on how your faith journey impacts your citizenship, etc.
  • a how-to article on how to stand for the issues that are important to you
  • a historical piece
  • fiction that uses freedom as a theme
  • poetry inspired by freedom
  • a devotion the blends Scripture and insights on our rights and responsibilities as citizens
  • a personality profile that focuses on someone on the front lines of ensuring our freedom
  • a story or article for children that helps them understand the cost of freedom and its importance in our lives.

I hope this has sparked some ideas for you. You can use your unique experiences and insights to help your readers understand the power of freedom.

© Deborah Christensen

From the Idea Garden – 4th of July

How do you celebrate the 4th of July with your family? With friends? What is special about the 4th of July to you? How are you thankful for the U.S.? How does living here affect your life? What does freedom mean to you? What does independence mean to you? What does patriotism mean to you? How does that affect the way you live daily? How does it affect the way you serve your country? How involved are you in politics? How do your politics mirror your faith?

How can you use your insights in a personal experience piece? In a how-to article? In a meditation/devotional? In a children’s story? In fiction? In poetry?

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