Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Why, really?
The ACFW conference for 2012 has just concluded and while exciting, challenging and exhausting, we came away with a treasure trove of information. Now it’s time to put pen to paper (rather fingers on the keyboard) and begin to write. 
Why, really? Donald Maas, author of Writing the Breakout Novel states there are two pervasive reasons writers write: (a) for the approval of others and (b) for the sake of writing.  Margaret Daly, president of ACFW has just reminded us there is another reason. To let our lights shine to glorify God. She encouraged us to “go out into the world and shine our lights for all to see… and be ready to tackle our current writing project.” 
Have you prayed and considered why you want to write? Have you asked for direction on this path to publication? Have you begun (or continue) to hone your craft?  Do you have a teachable spirit? 
We know the writing world is changing at warp speed and we need to be ready to seek His will for our lives and our words. It’s a privilege to serve Him in this fashion, to have the calling to write. Seek His face, then. . .ready. . .set. . .type!

Eileen Key, retired teacher, taught middle school for thirty years and survived. She is now a freelance writer and editor. A lifelong reader, Eileen has owned a library card from eight different cities. Eileen is an active member of Grace Community Church. Keeping up with her three grown children and their families is her delight. Any spare time is devoted to three amazing grandkids. Visit her Web site at www.eileenkey.com


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