By Kathy Widenhouse, award-winning nonprofit content writer, website publisher, and author of 9 books.
An online devotional for writers
The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25, NLT)
“One of the things I know about writing is this: spend it all, shoot it, play it, lose it, all, right away, every time,” says Pulitzer Prize winning author Annie Dillard in her memoir, The Writing Life (1989). “Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book or for another book; give it, give it all, give it now.”
Annie’s sentiment points out a hidden truth in the writing life: the temptation to hold back.
Which is easier – to reveal your deepest thoughts or to conceal them out of fear?
Exposure makes a writer vulnerable.
Writing requires an open, generous spirit. A writer willing faces truth and then shares it.
We see that generosity in the writers of the Bible.
Those writers put aside their fears to transfer inspired words to the page. In spite of their vulnerabilities, they obeyed the call to write the message God gave to them. Because of their courageous obedience, we have God’s Word.
The truth you share may be just what a reader needs to read. Others opened themselves to you on paper. Will you do the same?
The writing life is a call to generosity.
Thank you for the call to write. I confess my vulnerabilities. I don’t have the courage or generosity to put ideas onto paper and share those words with others. I surrender those fears to you and trust you, Holy Spirit, to empower me to write as you call me.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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