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How To Be A Writer

by | Apr 5, 2019 | A CHURCH Life

Church Girl, what age were you when you started writing?

For real? I was 46 years old the first time I called myself a “writer”and it terrified me.


The Ball Jar of Happiness

Who was I kidding?
Then I got a check in the mail for an article I had written on “Establishing Your Core Values” from the Christian Standard magazine and thought, “I guess I AM a writer now!”
Really, I’ve written all my life. Dumb poems. Bad songs. Better poems, but still not very good ones. Chemistry and biology labs. So-so song lyrics. Physics labs. Public speaking notes. Short essays and commentaries on Christian life. (These eventually morphed into blog posts once I started “Jesus In Everything.”) Bible studies. 6-7000 word research commentaries for sermons. Articles for Hobby Farms CHICKENS, Christian Standard, and The NorCal Christian Voice magazines.
It wasn’t until I went to my first Christian writers conference at Mt. Hermon, California that I understood what genre I wrote. People kept asking me, “What do you write?” and I couldn’t answer! I wasn’t sure I even belonged. But being around other writers, most of whom are passionate introverts like me, and hearing them explain their writing, gave me guts. I had found my tribe. And my tribe helped me find myself and what I was always created to do.
Once I finally embraced who I was -a writer! – I really did find my little Ball jar of happiness.
What is it that makes YOU happy? What were YOU created to do?
Go, do THAT.


For other post like this one, check out Knife, You Can’t Pee On Every Tree, Set Apart, Gum Wall, and Many Flavors.