Before You Write

Exhortation:

  • Our primary purpose is to glorify God and edify man — “Let no corrupt word proceed out of your mouth, but what is good for necessary edification, that it may impart grace to the hearers.” (Eph 4:29)
  • Simply try your best — “For if there is first a willing mind, it is accepted according to what one has, and not according to what he does not have.” (2 Cor 8:12)
  • Write as often as you can — “And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith.” (Gal 6:9-10)

Guidelines:

  • Use the NKJV for quoting verses, in this format:  (Gen 1:1)
  • Write in English; the audience is English-speaking.

Tips:

  • Don’t neglect spiritual cultivation. One cannot give what one does not have.
  • Draw inspiration from everything! Small things that happen during the day, quaint observations, memories, Bible studies, random things …
  • Write as if you’re speaking to your peers. Write approachably.
  • Write in a focused manner. Avoid clutter. Too many ideas can confuse readers.
  • And finally, as writers, let’s always have a spirit of learning from each other.  What made that piece so effective?  How can I improve in the future?