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Writing With A Message

WRITE:TALK is a blog series about the craft of Christian writing.
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The English writer Alan Wilson Watts once said:

"...tell us something that will save us from ourselves. Write like you have a message from the King.” 

When I read that, I liked it. If we take the time and trouble of writing something, we should write like we have a message from the King. And our King does have a message, doesn't he? Often portrayed in fascinating stories, He works his lessons into our minds to change us. And we should follow suit.

To follow that calling, I want to lead a discussion on writing stories that will make a difference in people's lives. Stories that will change folks. Stories with a message from the King. So, if you have secretly wanted to try your hand at writing and haven't been sure how to get started, this discussion might be for you.


My plans for this blog are to start with my reasons why Christians should be in the writer's marketplace, producing works. Then we'll go on to take a look at my writing process. That will include an unvarnished look at what I do when making a story for publication. We will discuss the hero's journey, plot, outlining, character development, software, authors, book covers, Christian writer's clubs, and more.


As a college professor for 38 years, I am used to giving assignments. As a student, I always wanted something to do, instead of quietly listening to an hour of lecture. So I plan to give assignments, to make this more fun for you and me. I always learn more if others have input. With that in mind, I hope you will get a journal to write your ideas and stories down. There's your first assignment. You could even put a title on it:

My writing journey for the King.

When you prepare a lesson for Sunday School or put an article in a bulletin, you are writing for the King, and this blog might help you. So if it's an encouraging note to a friend, a play for the youth group, or the next great American novel that you are writing, let's talk about it here. I will encourage you with the door open, and we'll make progress together.

I hope you will come along and talk with me about writing with a message. We'll call our Blog, WRITE:TALK, Discussions on Writing

As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Proverbs 27:17


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