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Yes Answering the Call to a Writing Ministry

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“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you …’” (Jeremiah 30:2, NIV) Are answering the call to write?

Confused about writing in Christian/Inspirational vs. Secular? Quick rule of thumb: If Christ’s presence in someone’s life isn’t readily apparent in a work, it’s generally secular. This doesn’t mean it’s anti-Christian. Many Christians excel in the general market. Check out the tips and techniques to get you started.

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Yes Answering the Call to a Writing Ministry

  1. 1. Answering the Call to a Writing Ministrya Writing Ministry St. Davids Christian Writers’ Conference June 20, 2012 Melanie Rigney
  2. 2. The CallThe Call • Discussion questions:Discussion questions:  – When did you know you were called as a writer? – What do you believe you were called to write? y y – Who is God calling you to evangelize through your  writing? “This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all  the words I have spoken to you The days are coming ’ declaresthe words I have spoken to you. The days are coming,  declares  the Lord, ‘when I will bring my people Israel and Judah back  from captivity and restore them to the land I gave their  ancestors to possess,’ says the Lord.” (Jeremiah 30:2, NIV)p , y ( , ) 2
  3. 3. Types of WritingTypes of Writing • Christian/InspirationalChristian/Inspirational • Secular Quick rule of thumb: If Christ’s presence in  someone’s life isn’t readily apparent in a work,  it’s generally secular. This doesn’t mean it’s  anti‐Christian. Many Christians excel in the  general market. 3
  4. 4. Non‐FictionNon Fiction • Non‐fiction writing uses your own experienceNon fiction writing uses your own experience  or research – How‐to – Informative/educational – Personal experience/memoir  – Persuasive/apologetics – Blog entries – Devotionals – Newspaper and magazine articles 4
  5. 5. FictionFiction • Fiction allows you to use your imaginationFiction allows you to use your imagination – Short stories/flash fiction Novellas– Novellas – Novels (mainstream, science fiction, romance,  action adventure mystery horror etc )action adventure, mystery,  horror, etc.) 5
  6. 6. Other Types of WritingOther Types of Writing • Children’s (can be divided into fictionChildren s (can be divided into fiction,  nonfiction) • Screenwriting• Screenwriting • Poetry (form and free verse) • Humor (fiction or nonfiction) 6
  7. 7. The Critical Elements of StorytellingThe Critical Elements of Storytelling • All writing aimed at an external audience—of one g or many‐‐tells a story • All writing aimed at an external audience seeks to  entertain educate or inspire Good writingentertain, educate, or inspire. Good writing  almost always has at least two of those elements;  great writing may have all three • All writing aimed at an external audience has a  beginning, middle, and end… and a takeaway, a  lesson or purposelesson or purpose • Four most important words in storytelling:  Something happens, somebody changesg pp , y g 7
  8. 8. What Makes Up a Story?What Makes Up a Story? • A protagonist, someone with a problem or flaw we are  interested enough to keep reading about (often, someone weinterested enough to keep reading about (often, someone we  like) • A plot, a series of conflicts the hero or heroine encounters as he  h tt t t t thi t ibl i t ibl th t hor she attempts to get something, tangible or intangible, that he  or she wants but doesn’t have • An antagonist, a person or internal or external element that is  keeping the hero or heroine from getting what he or she wants • A theme, a one‐sentence description of what we’re supposed to  take awaytake away • A setting, internal or external  • A logical, satisfying ending (often driven by the genre; doesn’t  always have to be happy) 8
  9. 9. How to Get StartedHow to Get Started • Set a routine that’s going to work for you (oneSet a routine that s going to work for you (one  hour a day, two devotions a week, a novel in a  month)) • Read in your genre—in addition to the classics,  works published in the past three years fromworks published in the past three years from  authors like you • Find a critique group, real‐world or virtualFind a critique group, real world or virtual • Do something every day—read an article, write,  do research revise—that is writing relateddo research, revise that is writing related 9
  10. 10. ResourcesResources • The Writer magazine (www.writermag.com)g ( g ) • Writer’s Digest magazine  (www.writersdigest.com) (• American Christian Writers (including Christian  Communicator and Advanced Christian Writer  magazines)magazines) • Poets and Writers magazine (www.pw.org) • St. Davids Christian Writers Association  (www.stdavidswriters.com, Facebook, and  Twitter) 10

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