Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Series on Words

Words - Part Two

Welcome to part two of our series on words. Last week we examined words – the first word in our acronym. This week, I’ll be looking at the second word - original.


Everything you Write is Original
If a lecturer sets an assignment to 1000 students to write a 300 word essay about the color pink, he will end up with 1000 unique responses. They may have the same theme or idea but the construction, word choice and style will be different. No one will ever write, word for word, the exact same article or story as you.

Don’t Worry if your Subject is not Unique
In fact, it’s guaranteed that it won’t be. There isn’t a subject in the world that hasn’t been written about, examined, analyzed and dissected. Ecclesiastes 1:9 says, There is nothing new under the sun. What you can do, is add your unique perspective and thoughts. We must never limit what God can do with our writing.

Develop your own Voice
We use words in a unique manner, according to gifting, style and culture. We also have a unique audience for our words; a group of people that our writing can reach. Our job is to continually practise and hone our craft and target it as well as we can.

Spread your Words Around
What you write is original, special and unique. This includes all kinds of writing – not just words written for financial gain. Take time out to send a greetings card to a friend or an encouraging note to an acquaintance. What about a positive letter to your local paper about something good that’s happening in your area? (Have you ever noticed how people love to write negative letters to newspapers!)

Be Confident in Using your Abilities
Most writers have areas that they prefer to write about. I love to write Christian fiction but I do other kinds of writing as well. The important thing is to get your message across in the best way you can. Growth comes with practice and as you grasp that your words are one of a kind, your confidence will grow and each day will become an exciting adventure as you send your words out to others.

God has made every cell in our bodies unique and has also given us the ability to write original, uplifting words. Why not decide to do something with your words this week and send them out to bless and encourage as many people as possible ... and be sure to come back next Wednesday to find out what the R in WORDS stands for.

Debbie Roome works as a freelance writer from her home in New Zealand. Read some of her work at Suite 101 , Take Root and Write and Faithwriters.

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