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The Writing Life: Get Ready to Give 

An online devotional for writers

A Word From The Word

The generous will prosper;  those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. (Proverbs 11:25, NLT

A Word For Writers

“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.” 

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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. 

  • King Solomon lavished his wisdom on others in one- and two-line quips which later provided the foundation to the book of Proverbs.
  • Paul poured out his love for the churches he planted, but he did so from the isolation of a prison cell.
  • The Apostle John suffered the loneliness of exile yet penned his vision in Revelation.
  • Jeremiah was rejected by his people – yet compelled to tell them the truth – and wrote from hiding.

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? 

A Wise Word

The writing life is a call to generosity.

A Word To Pray

Gracious Father,

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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