“How do I become an author?” That’s a question I’m asked when I’m with a group of students, sometimes at a conference and through social media. Or I get questions like this one that showed up here on the website from a young woman whose first language probably isn’t English:
“I’m young but i really want trying to send thought like this in France. I have a blog and i would like to speak about my love for jesus through it. But i don’t really know how to do. Maybe you have any advice for me ?”
This was my response to this young woman, and in case you’ve thought about blogging or becoming a writer, you can listen in, too ~
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First of all, I’m so glad that you are wanting to use your blog to speak about your love for Jesus! And the fact that you’re young really encourages and excites me. You are an answer to my prayer; I’m asking God to raise up an army of young women who will be truth speakers in this generation and spread God’s glory across the globe!
- Get into the Word and spend time with the Savior. Let your blog be the place where you share what God is teaching you, let it be an overflow of what He is doing in your life. That is the most important thing—connect deeply with God before trying to share Him with others.
- Go to work on your writing skills, take some classes (online if necessary), read good resources on the topic of developing your writing.
- Get some practical help by reading good blogs. When you find a post that is helpful and encouraging, take note of why that author was able to convey content that was compelling. Did they start with a story or illustration that grabbed your attention? Did they write in a way that sounded like they were talking naturally right to you instead of sounding formal or preachy?
- Write out the main point that you want your post to revolve around. For example, if you want to write a post about how you find encouragement through spending time in the Psalms, write one sentence that summarizes that thought and then add to that thought by giving an example or a description of what that looks like. Perhaps use a Psalm that you can break down in chunks and share how its truths bring personal encouragement.
- Write as a means of glorifying God, not to draw attention to yourself. If you are called to write, you will write because you have to, not just as a fad. It’s a driving impulse to communicate God’s reality and goodness to others that is like a burning fire.
- Get input from your friends and invite others to come alongside you with their thoughts. Include a question or two at the end of your blog post and if people leave comments (which is a joy to a writer), you can usually tell if your post made a connection or was something they found helpful.
- Write with candor and transparency (appropriately); don’t reflect negatively on others, but share about your life, your thoughts, hopes, and dreams, and how God is at work in those.
- Writing isn’t always fun (refer to yesterday’s blog post). It can be scary and embarrassing. But if you want to improve, keep at it, don’t give up!
- Experiment with ways to jump-start your writing. Maybe it’s while listening to music, after reading a chapter in a good book, or first thing in the morning after your quiet time. Find what is most helpful for you in establishing a writing routine that includes ways you’ll be inspired as you work.
- Pray as you write. Ask God to direct your thoughts and provide the insight to write in ways that will encourage your readers to pursue Him and desire to know Him more intimately.
My prayer for you dear friend, and anyone else reading who desires to use your ability to communicate for God’s glory, is that God will use you to winsomely and effectively spread His truths throughout your sphere of influence!
[box]“Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.” (Psalm 72:19)[/box]
Any writers out there want to add to my list of suggestions for “wanna be” bloggers or authors?
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