It’s All About Serving Well
Do you feel like you’re getting some clarity about your writing? A few weeks ago we talked about the importance of beginning this whole process with prayer. As you’ve pondered and prayed, pondered and prayed some more – I’m sure the Lord has brought to mind the things you’re passionate about.
#1 Schedule your writing time
As you move forward, think about carving out time in your schedule to pursue your craft. Whether you’re working an 8-to-5 job outside the home, or are more flexible with your time, it’s important for you to have a scheduled time to write. If you’re anything like me, it’s easy to get distracted by the immediate and never get to the important. Block off writing on your calendar as if it is a meeting. And stick to it!
#2 Plan for growth
This scheduled time should also include the opportunity for you to learn and grow at the craft. What type of writing are you doing? Fiction? Non-fiction? Here are a few suggestions:
Look for on-line tools to help hone your skills (check out free writing tools and resources here
Attend a workshop/conference (She Speaks, Tribe Conference 2017, Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, Re:write Conference; American Christian Fiction Writers Conference – check your area, these can range from a day to several days – budget accordingly)
Join a writer’s group in your area (you can look at Christian writer’s groups by state here)
(Note – this is not an endorsement of these particular tools/resources/conferences/or writer’s groups)
# 3 Define your audience
Before you can connect with your audience, you need to know who you’re writing to. Describe the type of person you’re writing to in as much detail as possible.
Maybe it’s a middle-aged mom with young children. This gal is frustrated because she’s constantly busy and has a hard time getting into God’s Word on a daily basis. She wants to grow in her relationship with Christ and has thought about doing a neighborhood Bible study, but doesn’t know where to begin. How can you come alongside this woman and offer her help and hope?
#4 Start writing
You’ve scheduled your writing time, and identified who you’re writing to, now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and start writing. But before you do, consider a timeless truth:
. . . but whosoever will be great among you, let him be your minister; And whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your servant.Matthew 20:26-27
Did you catch that?
Doing a good job and making an eternal impact with our writing, means serving others.
I love what Christian blogger, Arabah Joy, has to say about being a successful blogger (it applies to all writers, not just bloggers): “If we want to be “great” bloggers, it starts with being a servant.”
She goes on to define how we can serve:
“Is there a message He’s given you to share? You can serve others with it. Is there a passion He’s placed in your heart? You can serve others with it. Is there a hard thing you’ve gone through that God has promised you a spiritual harvest from? You can serve others with it.
Here’s the thing: If you focus on serving your readers, you WILL stand out in the sea of bloggers (writers).” (word in parentheses mine)
You might be wondering what the big deal is about serving your readers. In Arabah’s words:
“Serving others: builds trust with your readers; sets you apart from the majority of other bloggers (writers); positions you as a leader; increases the “share” value of your content” (word in parentheses mine)
And isn’t serving others the example we see in the life of Jesus Christ? And He is the One who entrusted us with the gift of writing.
– Schedule time to write and hone your skill –
– Define your audience –
– Write with a heart to serve
To Do –
Let me hear from you! Leave a comment below letting me know when you’ll be writing and a detailed description of the audience you’ll be serving.
Can I pray for you?
Heavenly Father, what a blessing to know that You don’t equip us to write by mistake. Help us show up to write, be wise stewards of the gift You’ve given us, reach the audience You intend us to, and maintain a servant attitude as we help others. In Jesus’ name, Amen.Leave a comment on my wall if this post helped you
*Quotes from Arabah Joy came from an email I received entitled, “What It Takes to Be a ‘Successful’ Blogger.”
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