Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Passion follows practice

Tuesdays with Tiffany
By Tiffany Colter

Hello everyone. Sorry, this won't be about ACFW because I wasn't there this year. :-(

What I am going to talk about is what I learned this morning in my time of devotion and Bible reading. [That is why this is so late today.] What I read made me think of our life as authors and our passion to write books that really minister God's word to hurting people.

The scripture was James 4:8 and it says when we draw close to God He will draw close to us.

She used the example of golfing, you can go months without golfing but as soon as you do it once you want to do it again. The same is true with other activities. You find that as you do something your desire to do it again increases.

The same is true of our time with God and our writing. I have found that when I simply decide that I will sit down and do writing, it gets done. I get excited about doing it. I start thinking about what I'll write even before I start writing.

This is the single best cure to writer's block. Writing.

I know everyone has those spells where they simply can't find a way to put words to paper. What I do then is read books by other people during my writing time. I stop and say "Now, how could I do that in my own writing?"

And the same is true with time spent with God. I spend time with God and find my desire to be in His presence increasing. I have also found that my creativity flows. I read the Bible and say "How can I apply that to my life? How can I show that to my readers?"

So if you're not passionate about your time with God or with your writing start practicing...and watch your passion grow.

Your Coach for the Journey, Tiffany Colter

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1 comment:

Angela Breidenbach said...

Tiffany, I think this is an excellent post. I get excited when I learn things from other writers. Margie Lawson's class on Deep E.D.I.T.S. totally enlivened and enriched my writing life.