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Why Write?
by Catherine Craig 
12/20/06
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Why write?

Why not?

A successful real estate trainer, Floyd Wickman, once said that "Why" is

the single most powerful question to ask before beginning any endeavor.

Why?

Because it is the single most powerful driving force behind anything we do.

Why?

Because when the going gets tough, the tough will keep going. Knowing why

we write can make the difference between quitting on a successful career

in writing or not.

Some people write to be heard, some to express, some to impress.

I personally write to express. But then there are elements of the other

two reasons thrown into the mix at different times depending on my mood,

circumstance and subject. As with real life, who I am talking to, my

passion to express a point or points, and who I want to make an impression

on or with are all part of that blend. Writing is not a deviation from

reality; as with any good fiction or non-fiction piece, it is an affirmation

of the real world we live in.

So, why write?

In his book, "First Things First", Stephen Covey writes that two of the most

important keystones for peace are "contribution and conscience" . Another way

to put it, he writes, might be described as "leaving a legacy". In my opinion,

having something to say from one's own experience to leave behind is an

exceptionally powerful motivating force. Covey dedicated his book to his

grandchildren. What more of a motivating force could there be than that?

There actually is a higher and loftier reason.

For eternity.

Someone once told me, "Soon this life will be past; only what is done for

Christ will last." Doesn't it make sense that the one finished work done

on the planet that affects the entire Universe, the entire scope of history…

even the very essence of life, should be a key motivation to write?

So why write?

For all the reasons above and more.

Here's to all the unwritten words waiting on the sidelines of your life for

you to express.

Here's to all the perspective only you can write about.

Here's to the interpretation of the Christian experience only you can write

about.

As Virelle Kidder, author and speaker, once taught, "How do you know God

didn't call you write? He's might have something for you to say…."

Why write?

Because if you don't, you won't.





If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Don Beers 20 Dec 2006
Wow! Well written, it flowed....and ummmm, I'm looking for the words here. More words, the right words. I just love the way you answered the question and you did it in such a way that the reader didn't feel as if they had to have the exact same answers. (That's art work for ya). You left plenty of, what I call "God room", that time or place for Him to do what it is He intends to do. I so appreciate a writer that doesn't usurp the "job" of the Spirit by fiery dart condemnation and puppet theology (the stuff they've heard but don't believe themselves). I knew you had a gift to write, but you surprised me this time.




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