Biblical Advice For Writers!

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1 Peter 1:13

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, be self-controlled,

set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

 

Paul may not have written these words with a writer in mind, but I think it’s great advice. We can learn much when and where we least expect it. Let’s take a look at the verse part by part.

STEP 1: Prepare your minds .Being an excellent writer takes more than sitting down at a computer and writing. First, you must be a reader, and I don’t mean one or two books every year. One of the best ways to learn to write is to read, read, and read!

Second of all, as a Christian writer, you want to be excellent at what you do. And that means being good at the craft of writing. There are lots of ways to do that, such as classes, workshops, reading books on writing, joining writing groups and critique groups. Along with learning more about the writing craft, writers need to learn more about the business of writing as well. But whatever you do, you must prepare your mind.

STEP 2: Action. You can’t stay in step 1 forever. Some people talk about wanting to be a writer. Some people study writing.  But the only way to become a writer is to write.  So even as you continue to learn all you can about writing, you must write. Writers write!

STEP 3: Be self-controlled. So much to do and so little time to do it! We live in busy times. A multitude of people, activities, and responsibilities tug at us.  You can’t say yes to everything and still have time for writing. Being a writer takes a commitment, self-control, and self-discipline and time. Lots of time. If you can’t make a complete commitment to writing , this may not be the season for you to follow the dream as wholeheartedly as you want. You can still work on steps 1 & 2 so that you will be ready for step 3 when the time is right.

STEP 4: Set your hope fully on God’s grace. How long will it take you to reach your writing goals? I have no idea, but I can assure you it will be longer than you want or expect. Whether short or long, keep your eyes focused on God and His goodness, and know that He is faithful.

Paul’s words may not have been intended for writers, but when you consider the fact he wrote a majority of the New Testament, I believe he knew what he was talking about.

 UNTIL NEXT TIME…GOD BLESS & GOOD READING!

My Friday Friend–GAIL PALOTTA

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My friend on this Friday is award-winning author Gail Pallotta. She’s  a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. She’s been a Sunday school teacher, a swim-team coordinator and an after-school literary instructor.

Wow! You are a busy woman, Gail. I’m getting tired just reading about it! Anyway…here’s Gail’s post:

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Un-wrinkle without Ironing

 

Hmm. Something about me for my friend, Lillian.

I like good books, long walks on the beach, swimming, visiting with friends and family and wrinkle-free clothing. I’ll share the ways I deal with clothes that wrinkle. These tips are more helpful than inspirational, but they’ve allowed me extra time for things that are.

When I reached the age of ten, I started doing the family ironing. That makes an iron an antique, or at least an outdated tool. I’ve seen the steamers, and most of them look like aliens from other planets to me, so I’ve never bought one.

Over the years I’ve figured out other ways to avoid ironing in case an article of clothing that needs it accidentally ends up in my house. I realize some people like the task. One lady told me she likes ironing and does it to relax. I can think of better ways to unwind, but I go along with personal preference, realizing we’re all different. In case there may be others who think of the chore as slaving over an ironing board, and would prefer not to do it, I’ll share my secrets.

Sometimes it works to put the wrinkled article of clothing in the dryer and let it toss around a few times. It shakes out the creases. If it’s made from a fabric that absolutely can’t be put in the dryer, as soon as it comes out of the washing machine, stretch the material as far as possible without tearing it. First pull tightly on the torso or middle of the garment then the sleeves or legs. Afterward hang it up or lay it flat to dry. This technique works well, or I’m fooling myself, in which case my family and I are walking around unkempt.

Lastly, if possible only purchase wrinkle-free or wrinkle-resistant clothes. Many garments now are polyester or have the synthetic material added. I still remember the day I heard about the cloth, new at the time. I grew excited and wanted to throw away the iron. My mother insisted on a trial period for polyester attire. Then alas, she didn’t like the little balls that rolled up on it. Most Southerners scorned the new fabric, not only for the pills, but it also had an impact on the cotton raised here. Judging from the shirts, dresses, shorts and pants in the stores, I’d say today the two fabrics have made their peace. There’s nothing better than cotton with polyester added to keep it from wrinkling. Polyester garments are soft now too, and those producing it have done away with the pills.

I haven’t added up the hours I’ve saved not ironing, but I know it’s given me more time to take long walks on the beach, swim and visit with family and friends. That’s when I can sit back, take a deep breath and enjoy God’s blessings.

 

Her teen book, Stopped Cold, was a best-seller on All Romance eBooks, finished fourth in the Preditors and Editors readers poll, and was a finalist for the 2013 Grace Awards. She’s published short stories in “Splickety” magazine and Sweet Freedom with a Slice of Peach Cobbler. Some of her published articles appear in anthologies while two are in museums. Gail loves to hear from readers. To learn more about her, visit her web site at http://www.gailpallotta.com 

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With all Gail does, no wonder she doesn’t want to iron!! H