Why Should I Attend the Asheville Christian Writers’ Conference? Make the Most of Your 15-Minute Conference Appointments – Cindy Sproles 7 Things to Do NOW to be Ready When Writing Inspiration Strikes – Edie Melson You Need a Platform – Living A Story- Assignment 3 Redundancy: An Excessive, Oppressive, Pervasive Disease The One Sheet The Bio – The Fragrance of Who You Are Over-Edit? Imagery–When This is Like That Basic Writing and Editing Tips Blog or Website—Which One Does a Writer Really Need? – Edie Melson A Blog about Blogging My Blogging Affair – Terri Webster My GPS Writing Life: “Recalculating” – Elva Cobb Martin Is Your Blog Healthy? Conferences – Finding Direction Navigating Your Writing Success Why Your Writer’s Bio is Valuable Real Estate Rejection – Before You Blow Your Stack Evaluate Your Progress on the Writing Path – Edie Melson So You Were Asked to be a Beta Reader Writing the Perfect Bio Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul 2014 Cleaning Guide for Writers (Critiques) Pray Uniquely Write Right – A Christian Writing Career Writers ADVANCE! Boot Camp 2015 Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul The Conference is Over – Awe, Man! Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada 15 Minute Appointments – Cindy Sproles Break Out of Your Writer’s Cell – Denise Loock Writers Call Out Assignment 3 – Conflict in Every Scene? Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul Assignment 2 – Gaining Word Count Assignment 1 – Picture Perfect Bio Writing as a Ministry Titles – Terrible or Terrific? How 5 Simple Tips Can Change Everything Rejection – Before You Blow Your Stack 10 Reasons NOT to Become a Novelist Commas – Bethany Kaczmarek Compounds Are Not that Complex – Bethany Kaczmarek Divorce My Words…Never! Get Your Grammar Fix (ed) – What Kind of Mood Are You In, Verb? Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living with Alzheimer’s & Other Forms of Dementia Find Your Blog’s Subscriber List and Schedule Email Notifications with Feedburner Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Reboot Your Life And Objective Look at Subjectivity My Take on…Creating Villians – Part 2 Mike Dellosso My Take On . . . Villains, Part 1 – Mike Dellosso Chicken Soup for the Soul – Writers Call Out Touching the Spirit of Our Readers Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul: Home Sweet Home First in Fiction – Characters – Aaron Gansky Critiques – No Pain, No Gain Making Time to Rest Writers Call Out The End – Saying Goodbye to a Story Writing’s Circle of Life Here a Tweak, There a Tweak, Everywhere a Tweak, Tweak What’s So Wrong with Waiting? Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup Books Emotion – Moving the Reader from Common to Uncommon Writers Call Out – Chicken Soup for the Soul Writing the Best You Can Bringing Security Blankets to Conferences—Tips for the Linus-Writers “Who Wants to Write a Story With Me?” CONTEST! – Mike Dellosso How to Get Amazon Reviews – Eddie Jones Freedom as a Holy Ghost Writer – Edie Melson My Worth Is NOT Determined by My Numbers – Edie Melson An Author’s Responsibilty – Cindy Sproles Call Out for Writers Connections: Social Media and Networking Techniques for Writers – Author Edie Melson Carolina Christian Writers Conference Chicken Soup Writing Opportunity The Tweet Life, Why Bother with Twitter? Angels, Miracles, and Heavenly Encounters – Writing Op How Writing an Article is Like Feeding a Baby – Edie Melson After the Conference…then what? Assignment 5 – Characteristics of a Lazy Writer Assignment 4 – TickyToes@urggggmail.com Assignment 3 – Pack a Punch When You Write Top Ten Authors Southern Writers Awards Boot Camp Free Subscriptions Assignment 2 – Vonda Skelton How to Make an Appointment Why I Should Make an Appointment Keep Your Image Current Top Five Blogspots Be an Encourager – Cindy Sproles Learning the Lingo – Part 4 – Appointment Etiquette with Agents/Editors Learning the Lingo – Part 3 – Publishing Terms Learn the Lingo – Critique Groups – Part 2 Learning the Lingo – Steps to Understand the Art of Writing and Publishing – Part 1 Preparing to Attend a Writers Conference Writing the Perfect Bio Don’t Forget! Writing Opportunity – Zookeepers Ministry Is SEO Dead? – Edie Melson What’s Holding You Back?

Write Right – A Christian Writing Career

Photo licensed: istock.comThe craft of writing is many things to many people. For some, it’s a dream. Others, a career. Still others, a hobby. Regardless of your stance of a writing career at this point, I want to make this last assignment before Boot Camp, one you really have to work on.

We’re going to assess your desire, and when we do this, we’re going to ask some very hard questions. Questions I expect you to look at and consider seriously.

When Eddie Jones and I were called to begin Christian Devotions, we possessed a different mindset. It’s not always been one that was accepted with open arms due to the fact, we require complete disclosure from a writer.

Not disclosure to us, but disclosure to God. It’s so easy to wave our hands in the air and tell folks, “I’m a Christian writer,” when the truth is, we aren’t Christian at all. “Christians” wonder why folks look at us and shake their heads. We can’t understand why the world calls us hypocrites. Why?

It’s easy. Go to a restaurant on Sunday after church and ask any waitress or waiter who they dread waiting on. You’ll most certainly get this answer, “The church crowd.” Christians attend church, smile, pray and praise, then leave the building and become who they want to be. And it shows. We do the same in our writing. We’re kind and sweet until a contract comes along and then we become – well – less than Christian. It’s no longer about God, it’s about ME.

So as we look at these questions, I want you to be honest. Painfully honest. I want you to assess your desires as a “Christian” writer, then once you get a solid number, take that number before God. 

I want you to come at your writing with the face of Christ. Every aspect of your writing depends on it. When Jesus said the fields were ready for harvest, but the workers were few, He knew what He was talking about. He tried to make others see the desires of our hearts come after the work in the fields. . .His work. So to call yourself a Christian writer is more than writing a Bible study. It’s writing whatever you write with the right heart. Writing with the intention of working the fields. 

Whether you write fiction, non-fiction, articles or blogs, when you call yourself a Christian writer the words you pen, your attitude, your heart must reflect the face of Christ. It’s a big challenge. Writing Christian is more than writing clean. It’s writing and having the attitude of Truth. 

Read over the questions. Think them through. Think hard. Assess your heart. Remember, Jesus said, “Where your heart is, there is your treasure.” Is your treasure chest filled with selfishness, stubbornness, greed, cocky attitude, entitlement? Or are you truly a Christian writer. It’s very easy for our desire to be successful to be overshadowed by selfishness. This is the temptations you will face as a writer. Keeping your heart RIGHT.  Jesus never promised His way was easy. He never once said, writing Christian was the fast track to publication. But He did say the fields were ripe and His workers few. Let your writing be the thing that works the fields. Let your attitude exude the love of Christ. He can and will work through you. But if you put limitations on what Christ can do because it’s what YOU think is best, then the road will be rockier and the bloody scraps will become gashes.

Here is your countdown to a new career as a Christian writer. Write RIGHT!

There are two groups of questions. One for unpublished writers, the other for published. Choose your group and answer your questions. As you answer keep in mind there is a fine line between desire and greed. This is why I want you assess. There is nothing wrong with wanting to be a paid Christian writer, but keeping your heart in line sets the balance. If your number is high, it’s okay IF your heart is in the right spot.

Let’s begin your Countdown to a New Career – Christian Writer.

Rate yourself on a scale of one to five with five being the highest:

If you are an unpublished writer these questions are for you. Possible 60 points

1) I want a published book on the shelves of a bookstore.
1     2     3     4     5

2) I want to tell my friends I’m a published author.
1     2     3     4     5

4) I enjoy writing for my friends.
1     2     3     4     5

5) I search for writing jobs that pay.
1     2     3     4     5

6) When I write, the first thing I do is pray.
1     2     3     4     5

7) I have written what God has told me and I won’t change it.
1     2     3     4     5

8) I give away at least 10% of my writing with no expectation of payment.
1     2     3     4     5

9) I’m patient when I send in a submission.
1     2     3     4     5

10)I’m constantly working to improve my work.
1     2     3     4     5

11)If a publisher won’t look at my work, I’ll just self-publish.
1     2     3     4     5

12)I have a good book, I’m not willing to wait to find publication.
1     2     3     4     5

If you are a published writer, these are for you.  Possible 50 points

1) I write faithfully to a Christian Worldview
1     2     3     4     5

2) I work without badgering my agent, editor or publisher.
1     2     3     4     5

3) I tithe of my writing money.
1     2     3     4     5

4) I’m a team player in the publishing process.
1     2     3     4     5

5) I offer all my writing back to God for His glory.
1     2     3     4     5

6) I listen to good criticism without making excuses or defending myself because it’s about making the work better.
1     2     3     4     5

7) I expect my publisher to market my book themselves.
1     2     3     4     5

8) I am grateful for the contracts I receive.
1     2     3     4     5

9) I help new writers get a jump on their career.
1     2     3     4     5

10)I seek out an editor before I make a submission.
1     2     3     4     5

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