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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: The reason I write
By Libby East


Writing has long been a fascination of mine. When I was in the third grade my teacher made us spend thirty minutes a day doing creative writing. I fell in love with it. My fifth grade teacher did the same thing and my love for the hobby grew. When I was in sixth grade my teachers didn’t make us write but I wrote anyway. I would pass my stories around to all my friends and they would read them. They would even ask me when I would have a new one for them to read. They loved reading and I loved writing. The older I got however, the more I though it was a childish habit and by the time I was in college I had put it aside and told myself I wouldn’t do it anymore. It wasn’t until I got married and started really thinking about what God wanted me to do with my life that I thought about it again.

In Sunday school we were studying about God’s purpose for our lives. The curriculum that we were studying asked what our hobbies were, what we enjoyed doing. In my head I answered “writing”. I was too embarrassed to say that out loud. The curriculum said that whatever your hobbies and interests were that was probably what God wanted you to do. “No way.” I thought. “God doesn’t want me to write.” A long time later I was reading a devotional about God’s purpose for me. It said basically the same thing. Only this time, when I said “No way”, God said “Way”.

“But God, I can’t write.” I argued.

“Why not?” He asked.

“I’ve had writer’s block for years. I don’t have anything to write about.”

“Yes you do. You have characters stored in your mind. All you have to do is get a pen and some paper and I’ll give you what to write.” God urged me to try it. So, I got some paper and a pen and within an hour I had the first chapter of a book. What I learned from that experience is two things. First, I subconsciously keep a running bank of characters in my head. Whenever I meet someone or see someone in public that I think is interesting, I put them in my bank of characters to pull out later. At the time I had two young girls that I had met at church to base my characters on. Second, my writing has to come from my relationship with God. When I have lapses of time that I don’t seek God my writing suffers. I can’t come up with anything. God has given me a clear vision of what He wants my writing to be and I have to stay close to Him in order to let Him accomplish it through me.

Since that day I have resolved to write daily. I am so excited to see what God is going to do with my writing. I am not ashamed of it anymore. I know that my love for writing is just a part of who I am. It’s part of who God created me to be and it makes me special. It is a gift that God has given me to be used in many ways for Him.

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Kathie Thomas01/19/07
I enjoyed your article very much and feel the same way about writing. To be entrusted with words that He has given us to write and share with others is a special thing.
Donna Powers 01/19/07
Thank you for sharing your heart with us. I think many here can relate to you and the way that you claimed God's purpose for you. Your sincerity and godly motivation are plain to see. Keep writing!
Jan Ackerson 01/20/07
I like the idea of having characters stored in your mind.

It's obvious that you have the writing skills--I'd encourage you to stretch a bit by adding some sparkle to your writing--humor, unexpected twists, experiments with sentence structure.

What a privilege to write for God!
Steff Clark01/20/07
I can definately see how you connect with writing never stop writing. God's given you a very special gift! Keep writing for him he will bless you!
darlene hight01/21/07
Thank you for being brave enough to embark on your writing passion! It is difficult to admit that you like to write because it is foreign to many but it is so worth it to do what God has gifted you to do. Don't be afraid to take some risks with writing. For instance, how about writing a piece about that character box? Wouldn't it be fun to have each one jump out of box complete with all of their little idiosyncracies? Keep using and stretching your gift.
Joanne Sher 01/21/07
Great piece - I enjoyed this very much!
Sandra Petersen 01/22/07
Thank you for sharing the most important reason for a Christian to become a writer: "It’s part of who God created me to be and it makes me special. It is a gift that God has given me to be used in many ways for Him." Your second to last paragraph had some very wise advice, especially the part about staying close to the Lord and the consequences of not meeting with Him each day.