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An online devotional for writers
God looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good! (Genesis 1:31, NLT)
A writing template is a formula for writing powerful content. It’s one of my most trusted writing tools.
Naturally, a template is helpful when I start with a jumble of ideas. Templates bring order from my chaos.
But a template provides a ray of hope on the opposite end of the writing spectrum – when I’ve got nothing. When my fingers freeze and my mind blanks in a dreadful, frightening case of writer’s block.
A template pulls me back from the edge of that abyss. It triggers the writing process by providing a formula for writing powerful content.
For instance, I can use a simple 3-part blog template to jumpstart writing an informational blog post. Opening premise, main body comprised of bullets, a neat call to action: all I need to do to get started writing is put just one of those elements on paper. One section leads to another.
God created the idea of form. Genesis tells us that in the beginning of time, the earth was formless and empty. God created a structure: light and darkness, water and land, sky and earth. Then He “looked over all he had made, and he saw that it was very good!” (Genesis 1:31, NLT)
In other words, God says form is a good way to go.
Next time you get stuck, focus on following a structured form. Pull out a template for your writing project. Write one section – just one. And see how it triggers writing powerful content. It’s a good way to go.
A writing template provides a formula for writing powerful content.
You created the world from nothing and gave it form. When I get stuck starting a writing project, remind me that structure is a good thing. Show me a template to follow and a section write to get going.
In Jesus’s name, Amen.
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