I have been writing for as long as I can remember. Can you believe that I won my first award as an author when I was in the second grade? My book, The Pizza Man, surprisingly won first place that year. So, it should not be a shock to you that I am a published author today. Over the years, I have had the privilege of working with and coaching Christian authors all around the country. Because of my interactions with a plethora of Christian writers I have recognized a few common themes that tend to be an issue. Based on what I have learned over the years I have listed 5 tips for aspiring Christian writers.
+Be Organized: A lot of writers have no clue how to approach writing and in many cases, they are extremely unorganized. Typically, these are the kind of people that struggle start or even finish a book. Over the years, I have been able to help people overcome writer’s block or the inability to start a book just by teaching them how to be organized. We serve a God that is orderly and so we should be orderly in all that we do. Taking the time to get organized can be a simple and practical way to unlock the writer in you.
+Be Spirit Led: If we are Christian writer’s then our writings should point people back to the Father. Surely it only makes sense that if we are writing for God and releasing His message in the earth that He should be a part of the process. It is imperative that we partner with the Holy Spirit from start to finish. We do this by praying and actively listening to the voice of the Holy Spirit. There is no one wiser than our all-knowing God, He will never lead us astray but many times we neglect seeking Him.
+Be Unique: Resist the urge to mimic your favorite Christian author. The world does not need a carbon copy of someone else. When you think of the letters DNA think of do nothing alike. God created you to be unique so let your uniqueness shine through. Your readers deserve to get a glimpse of who you are through your writings. Do not let the success of someone else cause you to try and be a duplicate. In a day and age where books are popping up every day you should embrace and showcase your uniqueness.
+Be Educated: Most Christian authors have no clue what they are getting into when they decide to write a book. Many people do not understand the work involved with publishing a book. And many also do not realize that writing a book is the beginning and not the end. Most Christian writers put so much effort into writing a book that they have no plan to actually sell books. I tell people all the time you might be anointed to write books but you are in the business of selling books. Take the time to educate yourself or hire someone that is skilled and has enough knowledge to get you from A to Z.
+Be Heard: I tell people all the time if man will not give you a mic God will anoint your pen. Some people will never preach in a church setting but they may be called and graced to write. Writing allows you to speak loud and clear without speaking one audible word. Release your message and find your audience through the power of writing.