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Follow… and observe those who live by the pattern we gave you. (Philippians 3:17, AMP)
"If I use a writing formula, am I cheating?"
It was a question posed to me by a new writer. To be completely honest, I asked the same question myself when I first started writing.
A writing formula is a template to follow when you're writing a specific kind of project - kind of like a recipe, except that the ingredients are your content.
My struggle with using writing formulas was this: it felt a bit like copying.
When I voiced my concern to a more experienced writer, he asked me, "Do you feel like you're copying when you follow another leader's study outline to lead a class - or another believer's prayer strategy during your quiet time?"
No … because the study guide or the prayer strategy is simply a framework. That framework helps me to keep a discussion on point or organize my thoughts as I pray. God allowed those who have gone before me to create those tools in order to help me grow - tools that have stood the test of time.
In the same way, writing formulas have stood the test of time.
They're not a photocopy. They're a framework.
Today, I look at writing formulas differently. I use them. And I thank God that writers before me created those formulas to help me structure my writing more effectively.
Learn from those who go before you.
Thank you for the writers who have gone before me. Let me tap into their wisdom about writing formulas and writing structures so I can write clearly and efficiently.
In Jesus name, Amen.
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