Thursday, December 22, 2011

Learning to be a Bird and a Writer

Thursday Thoughts on Reading and Writing

The winner of You Can Have a Happy Family by Amanda Beth is Pat.

We have several baby birds around our house. The first time I saw them they were pecking at surfaces on the deck outside my kitchen window. I wondered how they learned at their early age to forage for food by pecking. Does the mother bird instruct them in bird talk? Does she teach them by imitation of what she does? How do they learn to be a bird?

Since elementary school when we learned that a sentence must contain a noun and a verb, we’ve been able to write. I wrote stories with this short and choppy sentence structure. And I’ve written ever since about one thing or another, never thinking of publication.

Making our writing ready for publication takes a bit more than putting nouns with verbs. How do we learn to become writers? Where do we find instruction?

In this digital age many opportunities are out there about learning the craft of writing. On my website I have a Writer’s Page, which has a list of “Writing Help Sites.” You can find nuggets of writing wisdom on a daily basis from my list and from others.

But before we immersed ourselves into the internet for information, there were books. Some of these books are as valuable to the writer today as they were years ago. Examples: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers by Browne and King; Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott; and Write His Answer by Marlene Bagnull. Newer books have come along that help writers; books by Randy Ingermanson and Donald Maas, for example.

Reading about learning to write is a must, but other things are required of the writer who wishes for their writing to be published. Writers’ conferences are invaluable. You can attend workshops at these conferences on just about any writing topic you want.  Writers can subscribe to magazines that have a total focus on writing: The Writer and Writer’s Digest. Joining a critique group, having interaction with other writers is a great step.

But while learning about how to write, leave yourself time to write. Write something every day, if only an email or an entry in your journal. Writers, God has given you the talent to write; and He may call you to write for the Christian marketplace. If you feel sure of that it will help you to stay the course, never lose your focus, and never quit.

You will get discouraged at times, but never give up. If God has called you to write for Him, that alone is enough to encourage you through the tough times.


Write it before them in a table, and note it in a book.” (Isaiah 30:8, KJV)


Till next time … keep on smiling.

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