What is writing? Writing is simply transferred thoughts from the mind through the fingers to a sheet of paper or computer screen. The thoughts can come from many sources...from research and study or just randomly thinking. Sometimes the thought usually comes with a 'feeling'.... of joy, peace, wonder, questioning or even sometimes from the evil one. Sometimes there is a feeling of anger, desperation, and hurt feelings or just out of control emotions.
I know "writers" can take courses learning all the grammatical facts and uses; where to place the punctuation and learn when to start a new paragraph. They also learn how to state their case and close it leaving the reader with a clear image of purpose of the article, book or devotional.
Our thoughts sometime come from our exposure to the media, other people, books we read, the Bible or a word from God. Most of the time (although I do not consider myself a writer) I personally hear a word in my spirit, then I meditate on it for a time and wait until the Holy Spirit says 'go with it'.
I would appreciate comments from all, especially the professional writers, to help direct my thinking on the subject and/or correct me. Personally, I believe writing is much more than this since what we put on paper or the computer will have an effect on some readers and it will come just at the right time to encourage someone else.
I think you write well. Isn't it the 'strangest' thing that you sound so young?
Writing for me is an art form. It is the media through which God speaks to those He wants to use in this way. Every single one of has a unique talent through which God speaks; be it painting, music etc
God allows us to be co-creators with Him. In writing He helps us create something form nothing and as our fingers rush through the keyboard or piece of papaer, He in-fills us with that which He wants us to share.
Unfortunately to be used of God is a choice. Some choose to write other things that do not glorify God. That too is their choice. Luke 17:1 tells us that things that make people fall are bound to come but woe unto them through whom they come.
I thank God for you. I dont perceive you as 80. You are a write like myself. Now what does age have to do with whom God chooses to ues? He is God, lets magnify Him with our writing.
I think at 80 years of age, you can write what you please-how you please-and not care a lick if it AIN'T just perfect. Keep it up... you are likely to live to a 100 if you keep writing and using the gifts the Lord has given you. However, if you ever want me to go over something with a red pen... I can do that... probably best just to email directly to me so I can use my red pen on my computer... it is hard to correct it on faithwriters... email@example.com
Bless you my friend!