To live a good, happy, fulfilled life, you must do what God has created you to do and to be. First, spend time with God and seek His direction and purpose for your life, Then, take action on what He shows you. If your calling is to be a writer, that means writing. If you’re a speaker, share your important message with others, and if you’re a coach, mentor and coach others. Just don’t put your life on hold!
For writers, one of the best ways to begin writing is journaling. You don’t have to buy an expensive, leather-bound journal to write in a diary or journal. You can purchase inexpensive, spiral-bound, cute polka-dot or colorful little notebooks at Walmart, Target, or other stores. Just start writing down your thoughts, your feelings, your prayers. Don’t worry so much about grammar or spelling as pouring out your heart. Slay the internal, critical editor. This is for you and your writing, not a spelling test. It’s to get your thoughts out with pen and paper.
Here’s a few great quotes on writing with ink and paper:
“There is something magical in seeing what you can do, what texture and tone and colour you can produce merely with a pen point and a bottle of ink.” – Ida Rentoul Outhwaite
“To hold a pen is to be at war.” – Voltaire
Author, speaker, coach Jo Ann Fore writes in 7 Steps To Writing Great Stuff, “I inhaled the richness of fresh ink on the crisp pages—all while dreaming of the day I would see my name in print. The good news? You don’t have to be a scholar or a genius to be published. I bear witness. My words have been featured in national and international magazines, even graced the covers of a few. They have been used as content for radio and television ads. Won awards, too. Plus I’ve written a couple books. And I am not even degreed. I am simply a Christian woman who writes from the heart.”
That’s it – write from the heart.
A great way to start writing is articles. You can write articles to include on your blog, for Ezine articles, for NACWE if you’re a NACWE member, for other bloggers, and various article directories. With writing practice, your writing becomes better, tighter, stronger.
Eventually, you can begin writing books and ebooks. The topic and the length is up to you. As Sarah Mae says in her ebook, How To Market and Sell Your Ebook, “I don’t think there is an average or a right length. The main goal of your eBook is to communicate your ideas – this may take 10 pages or 210.”
You can find support for writing and speaking at my other blog here.
In a mood of faith and hope my work goes on. A ream of fresh paper lies on my desk waiting for the next book. I am a writer and I take up my pen to write. – Pearl S. Buck