By Don Zoller
As the stone is to the sculptor so are words to the writer. Both the stone and the words are waiting to be released to show the beauty of thought and expression shaped by the mind and hands of the artist. But first, you need the right tools. A tradesman would not start his day without the right set of tools to do the job. The following is a list of vital equipment you will need to do your job.
- Prayer – It’s an essential tool each time you write. You are writing a God-story. Let Him give you the words that best tell His story in your life. Pray for your readers.
- Passion – Inspiration and motivation come by asking the Lord for a vision of how He wants you to tell His story in your life. Embrace the challenge to write with passion.
- Reflections – Your thoughts coupled with His bring you just the right words to write.
- Resources – Your Bible! Your journals, diaries, personal notes and recollections.
Prepare to write by gathering “free-flowing” thoughts from your journals, diaries, or recollections. Now is the time to make use of them. These “free-flowing” thoughts are now ready to be tamed, organized, and placed into a structured style—your story to your loved ones.
David, a good friend of mine, has methodically collected his daily thoughts in journals for almost 45 years. One wall of his office displays notebooks full of the rich vastness of his experiences with God. Some in his family think it’s about time for him to make use of those journals and write a book. It would be a wonderful legacy for his family to know about his walk with God. Knowing David for so many years, I couldn’t agree more.
- Computer/Word Processor – Your word processor is the greatest hands-on tool writers have. Hopefully, you have one! If you are unsure where to begin, there are many helps available online or through Amazon. For questions, please email me.
- Thesaurus – Always a good tool to help select just the right word—one that is simple. Also, a dictionary is handy to make sure you have the right word and are spelling it correctly. These two items usually come with your computer’s word processor.
- A friend – A personal friend that can be your editor. Most professional writers have editors. I personally find an editor indispensable!
- Media – Decide how you want to send your story to your loved ones.
- You – That’s right. It all comes down to you. No one will write your story for you. Nor, is there anyone else who knows your story better than you.
Your action today – You now have the tools. Begin to write. Remember, God is your subject.
Until next time . . .
Blessings and Shalom
A book of remembrance was written before Him of those who feared the LORD and esteemed his Name.
Don has recently joined the family at Trinity and is active in the 50+ Bible Study. He enjoys writing and has authored several books that provide spiritual encouragement and biblical insights. His son and daughter-in-law, Graham and Susan, are also members at Trinity.