Wednesday, November 11, 2009

10 Reasons to Keep on Writing

Finding Motivation to Write
By Debbie Roome

1. The best way to perfect a skill is by practise. The more you write, the better the results. Try and write something every day, even if it is just a few words.

2. Writing is a calling and a gift that God has given us. He longs for us to use our words to spread His message. He will make a place for our words if we are willing to write them.

3. Writing is a passion. I carry pen and paper wherever I go and I love to talk about writing. Let the gift God has given you burn deep in your heart that all may see it.

4. God can use our words to bring about change in society. The written word is a powerful medium to convey dissatisfaction to businesses and government. History is full of examples of this. Use your words to stand up for righteousness.

5. Written words can bring forgiveness, healing and restoration. Write those letters you’ve been putting off and send them off today.

6. Written words of affirmation can change a person’s life. It doesn’t take long to write a thank-you note or a paragraph that commends someone for who they are. Make a decision to improve someone’s life today.

7. God’s mercies are new every morning and even when we feel uninspired or we’ve written something we shouldn’t have, there is always a new day with new opportunities. Don’t get bound up in the past.

8. Skilful words can supply income. A workman is worthy of his hire so send some words off to magazines and newspapers. The rejection rate is high, even among experienced writers so persevere with this. The thrill of seeing your work in print is amazing.

9. Written words are links of communication that bind us to people across the world. The internet has shrunk our boundaries and we are able to develop friendships with people we have never met.

10. Words are fun, creative, full of possibility, come in all sizes and shapes and can be strung together to tell amazing stories. It is an absolute privilege to work with words and sow them like seeds – even if we never get to see the end result.

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

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