Thursday, January 14, 2016

Are You a Ready Writer? by Terri Weldon

Terri Weldon
When I sat down to write this post I didn’t have a clue what to write. It’s late enough in the month that all the great posts about the New Year have already been written. Valentine’s Day is approaching, but I couldn’t work up any inspiration for that topic. I asked my Westie, Nolly Grace, what she’d like for Valentine’s Day. I didn’t get a bit of help.

So I decided to turn to the Bible to see what I should write about. Psalm 45:1 seemed to leap out during my search, “My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”

The part of the verse that touched my soul is the pen of a ready writer. Am I a ready writer? Is my pen, or computer, prepared and ready to go?

Christian authors either feel called to write or they write as an offering to the Lord. Giving to Him from the talents He has blessed us with. Either way we are writing for God. So what exactly is a ready writer and how do I prepare to become one?

To me a ready writer is always prepared – meaning they listen for the stories God gives them to write. Whether those ideas come to us while reading, dreaming, or through a good friend who says, “Have I got the perfect story for you.”

A ready writer spends time writing. They hone their craft. They put their backside in a chair and their fingers on the keyboard and get busy writing. Sounds easy, I know, but I’ll tell on myself. My sister is my accountability partner in many areas and she just had to ask me if I’d been writing my blog post or staring at Facebook. Whoops – busted!

And last but not least, a ready writer doesn’t make excuses. She doesn’t say that she’s tired or doesn’t have time, or she’s working out a story issue not napping. A ready writer is professional, whether she’s published or not, and makes time – tired or not. I have a friend with two young sons who gets up an hour early in the mornings and writes. Now that’s a ready writer.

Since I’ve confessed all my lazy ways to you, how about sharing some habits you’ve honed over the years to make you a ready writer. Because after reading this post a second time it is obvious I need them! Oh, and in my defense I will say I’m telling you all my bad writing habits. Surely I have one or two good ones, but that’s a post for another day.


Terri Weldon is a lead analyst by day and an author by night. She enjoys gardening, reading, and playing in the hand bell choir. One of her favorite pastimes is volunteering as the librarian at her church. It allows her to shop for books and spend someone else’s money! Plus, she has the great joy of introducing people to Christian fiction. She lives with her family in Oklahoma. Terri has two adorable Westies – Crosby and Nolly Grace. Terri is a member of ACFW and OCFW, a local chapter of ACFW. Her dream of becoming a published novelist came true in November 2013 when Mistletoe Magic, released from White Rose Publishing.

Readers can connect with Terri:

Website: www.TerriWeldon.com.

Blog: Seriously Write

12 comments:

  1. I believe you found a good subject to blog on, Terri!

    I treat my writing as if it were a full-time job outside the house. I keep office hours and have a room of my own. I know some people can't do that, but it really helps. And I know what you mean about the internet distractions.

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    1. I agree with you, Sandy, this was a terrific subject!

      That's a great way to look at it, Sandy. Do you keep office hours on specific days? Or is it every day of the week?

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    2. Unless something unusual comes up, Angie, I'm at my desk by 7:30 a.m. and work until somewhere between 4:30 and 5:30 M-F. I'll also usually work some on Saturday, but I try not let it take up too much of my time. Gotta clean and grocery shop sometime! :)

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    3. Sandy, office hours are a great idea. I need to set some part time office hours and stick to them. Two and a half years and my day job is history and I can write full time. Like you I'm fortunate to have a dedicated office.

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    4. Angie - I'm glad you enjoyed the subject!

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  2. "Christian authors either feel called to write or they write as an offering to the Lord." I love this, Terri! I've never felt called to write in the way I hear other writers describe. God has given me a message to share and I write out of obedience and love. God's filled my heart a "noble theme" as the NIV version says, and I try to be a ready writer.

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  3. Sherry - I used to feel the same way! I even wondered if I was wrong to keep writing, then I realized my stories were for God. I want them to glorify Him and be a blessing to others. And I think you'll be an awesome ready writer.

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  4. Great post, Terri! Just the nudge we need as we launch into a new year. And one of my favorite verses!

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    1. Hi Annette, I'm thankful the post encouraged you. And how cool it is one of your favorite verses!

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  5. What a wonderful post and I just love that verse!

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  6. Loves To Read, thanks for stopping by! I'm glad you like the verse, it really spoke to me.

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  7. Terri, this is a wonderful post, yet I have a different mindset. I honestly felt, no--believed! The Lord wanted me to write Christian romance... and it was a completely heartbreaking and confidence-destroying. Go figure. 😥 oh, well... Lots of other blessings going on for me!

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