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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.


Gardening Tools: A Second Look at an Important Tool

echo_photo2Recently, I wrote an article for InSite magazine, published by the Christian Camp and Conference Association. I interviewed 12 people about tools they needed for their ministry. Needless to say, I had to record every one.

I used my “computer pen.” I’ve talked about it before but it’s worth a second look. As a writer, I use it all the time.

It’s made by Livescribe. I write on special paper. When I record with it, it syncs what’s on the paper with what’s recording. They also make pens that sync with tablets and phones, Android and iOS.

I use the most basic version and have had it for several years. It still works great. Mine syncs with my computer, which holds both the pages I wrote on and the audio. I also bought additional software for a minimal charge that converts my handwriting into text.

It’s perfect for interviews. I use the speakerphone and can record the entire discussion. No more bulky recording attachments. I can even keep my notes to a minimum, without writing it down word for word. When I transcribe the notes, I simply tap on the appropriate spot in my notes to hear the recording.

It’s also perfect for collecting writing ideas. Since the special paper comes in all different sizes, I can carry a small pad and the pen in my purse. If I hear something, I can click on the pen and record it. I can also take notes and sync up everything.

Do you keep a journal? Consider using the pen and paper. You can add audio comments to your journal. This, too, can help you find writing ideas.

In this age of computers, a pen still works for writers. This pen, no matter what style you choose, is worth the investment.

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© Deborah Christensen

Random Trails: How to Be Inspired to Write Every Day: 10 Ideas | Now Novel

Learn how to be inspired to write every day with these 10 suggestions. Use writing prompts, visual writing inspirations and 8 other tools.

Source: How to Be Inspired to Write Every Day: 10 Ideas | Now Novel

Turn Discouragement into Writing Ideas

lamp and snowWe all face discouragement. It might be a health issue, loss of a job, relational problem, a loss through death, financial struggle, feeling distant from God or another reason. Discouragement has a way of creeping in and strangling our joy.

What’s causing your discouragement? Take it to God. He understands and He cares. Then, share it with the special people in your life. God calls us to love and serve one another. He knows we need each other. We can’t carry our burdens alone.

Then, write about it. Your story or the insights you share may help your readers. You may encourage someone who needs to hear what you say.

Personal Experience

How did your discouragement deepen your relationship with God? How did it damage it and how did you repair it? What did you learn about Him? What did you learn about yourself? How did He use other people to encourage you? How did He get you through it?

Share your story. Since everyone faces discouragement, you can help your readers know they’re not alone.

Have you ever helped someone else through discouragement? Share your story of helping someone else carry their burden. You may offer insights to your readers on how they can serve others.


We can offer guidance to our readers but, remember, there are no easy answers to facing discouragement. Write with your arm around your readers. Let them know that you understand. Discouragement is personal to each person. So, you want to offer hope, not a three-step plan to healing discouragement.

That said, you can offer insights to your readers that can start the healing process. Share Scripture, help them find the help they need and share ideas that they may not have considered.

Other Writing Avenues

Use discouragement in other areas of writing:

  • Fiction: Show your characters struggling with discouragement. How do they overcome it?
  • Poetry: Share your struggles through your poetry. David often poured out his discouragement through the Psalms.
  • Devotion: Combine Scripture and a devotional thought to help your readers focus on God through their discouragement.
  • Personality Profile: Do you know someone who’s faced discouragement and came through to the other side? Share their story.
  • For Children: Children don’t understand discouragement but they know what it’s like to feel sad. Help them understand that it’s not permanent and they can get through it.

As writers, we’re in the unique position to take our struggles and use them to help someone else. We can write through the discouragement and when we come out on the other side, we can look back and find kernels of ideas to share – ideas that offer hope.

© Deborah Christensen

This is a great post on how to capture and keep those ideas you glean.

Girls Write Out: Watch the Smitten Author Webcast!.

Random Trails: 12 Places to Find Awesome Writing Ideas | Writing Forward

Here’s a great post on unique ways to find writing ideas:

12 Places to Find Awesome Writing Ideas – Writing Forward :Writing Forward.

Random Trails: Keep a Notebook By the Bed | WordPress

This is a good tip for those of us who strive to glean writing ideas from everyday life.

Quick Tip: Keep a Notebook By the Bed.

Random Trails: 20 Questions for Reflecting on Your 2012 | (in)courage

Use these questions to spark writing ideas. Journal about them for yourself and then use your insights in your writing.

20 Questions for Reflecting on Your 2012 | (in)courage.

Random Trails: I Do My Best Writing in the Shower | Writer…Interrupted

Ideas can come to us while we’re doing something else. This is a great blog post.

I Do My Best Writing in the Shower : Writer…Interrupted.

Random Trails: Why A Break From Writing Will Kill Your Spirit | Write to Done

Writing will inspire ideas. Check out this post from Write to Done.

Why A Break From Writing Will Kill Your Spirit | Write to Done.

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