5 Questions to Ask Before Writing

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5 Questions to Ask Before Writing

You have a story to tell, but maybe you’re not quite sure where to begin. Believe me, you’re in good company.

I remember the very first article I posted on a blog I started many years ago. It wasn’t about anything important. Just a couple paragraphs about my daughter, an alarm clock, and some donuts. Curious? You can read my very first blog post here. And yes, feel free to laugh out loud.

Although that first post had nothing to do with what I would ultimately write about – it was necessary. It was a beginning. I was embracing what I felt the Lord wanted me to do: write.

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Of course I would do things a bit differently if I were starting fresh today, but I want to encourage you to do something that might seem scary.

I want to encourage you to START.

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That’s right. Give some serious thought and prayer to what you’re being prompted to share; write it down, and boldly deliver it.

I know that’s a lot to take in, so let’s start at the beginning. Here are a few prayer points for you to consider as you begin your journey as a writer. Take a few minutes to write down your answers to the following questions:

What are you passionate about? (marriage, mentoring, children, parenting, etc.)

What is your worldview? (A good rule-of-thumb from Jeff Goins, ". . . your worldview should be broad enough to include all the topics you want to write about, but focused enough to attract only the right readers." Read his entire post here. We'll talk about your audience in a future post.)

Where will you share your writing? (blog, magazine articles, podcast, video)

How much time will you be able to devote to writing? (factor everything in and be realistic)

Are you a self-starter? Do you follow through on projects?

Start right

Once you have your answers, continue to pray for God’s wisdom before you begin writing:

For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.Proverbs 2:6

It’s impossible to  over-emphasize the importance of prayer. I’d highly recommend forming a prayer team – a group of committed believers who will pray for the scope and reach of your writing ministry from day one.

On a side note, there are Christian business coaches out there who want to help you succeed in your God-given calling. Several of them charge a fee, but my friend Kim Avery is offering a prayer series at no charge that might be of interest to you – it’s a “weekly video series for entrepreneurs who want to have a business empowered by prayer.” You can check it out here.

As we wrap up, you may be feeling a number of emotions – excitement, fear, anticipation. That’s normal. Let the Lord continue to guide you as you use the talents He’s given you to honor Him.

Today’s Takeaway

In a word? Pray.

Pray about your journey as a writer.

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Pray about your journey as a writer. Seek God’s wisdom for what you will write, where you’ll share it, and how much time you can devote to it. Form a prayer team and commit to spending time daily in prayer for your writing ministry.

Can I pray for you?

Heavenly Father, thank You for the gift of writing. I pray for my fellow writers as they consider each of the questions that has been posed. Give clarity of direction and focus for their writing. Help them see the importance of prayer and beginning their writing journey at Your feet. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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