I haven’t always enjoyed writing. Fact is, when I was in school I hated writing. But perhaps it was because I often had to write fictional stories.
I still hate that kind of writing. I had to do this for my Croatian Language Proficiency exam, and it was torture. My imagination doesn’t run along those lines.
Somewhere in my early 30’s, when going through a particularly lonely and painful time, I began to write:
short articles on verses I’d read
I didn’t know about blogging back then. Some of these works I shared with a group of gracious folks on a website I used to frequent. They’d give me feedback and offer advice.
It was a great starting point for a budding writer!
It just seemed to gush out of me – it was as if the pain I was experiencing then burst a dam in my heart and all of the “stuff” I had collected over the years just came rushing out.
It was during that time I wrote my first book: Worship the Father.
I didn’t have the funds to officially publish it – I was saving every dime I had to move to Croatia – so I printed it, stuck it in a three-ring binder and accepted whatever people would give me for it (and gave away several copies).
I was anxious for anyone and everyone one to read what was on my heart!
Through the years my writing style has changed – dramatically.
Reading works by great bloggers and writers
Examining others’ styles
Comparing those styles with my own
“Trying on” different styles to see how they fit
All of these have helped me to “find my voice”. I didn’t have one when I began writing and blogging. I didn’t even know what that meant. All I knew was that I had this urge in me to write
I had to write
Even if it meant just opening up a Word document and spilling it all out – and then saving it on my hard drive.
In February, in the face of the worst writer’s block I have ever experienced, I announced a short series on 1 Corinthians 13. I called it 14 Days of Agape. I took 14 straight days and blogged through that chapter.
It was crazy!
I had never blogged for 14 straight days before.
But the result for me personally was phenomenal. I began to see that chapter in a light I had never seen before! And it came alive to me in realms I could have never imagined. I would wake up in the morning, read the verse for that day, and meditate on it all day – asking myself, “What can I say about this that hasn’t already been said? What truth lies buried in these few words that begs to be uncovered?”
At the end of those 14 days, I compiled the posts into my 2nd book – my first published book!
It now has a new cover! You can download it for free by signing up on my right sidebar or order it on Kindle