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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Light at the End of the Tunnel (01/23/14)

TITLE: Pen in Hand
By Trudy Newell



I stood before the class, two brown pigtails on my shoulders and read my first poem. My teacher sent me to several other classes to read it. I knew then that I had a burning desire to write. I saw the light at the end of the tunnel.

At nine years old books intrigued me. I loved to read; I loved words; books were my friends. How thankful I am that the right books were placed in my hands. I loved my Bible, and had no problem with the King James – which I still love because I cut my teeth on it! My dad was an apt teacher, and I wound up with a good vocabulary. Is it any wonder that I grew to love Shakespeare?


Several times I thought I would pursue writing. But I wasn’t focused. So many things to do; so many choices to make. It takes disciple to say “no.” I’m a people person. It takes time. Time that has to come from something else.

In Iran I worked on the “Stop and Think” magazine for our English students. When the editor left, I put together a couple of issues. Then we had to leave because of the revolution. From time to time I’d write poetry. I wrote regular newsletters sharing about the ministry. I wrote tons of thank you notes and letters through the years.

I kept a diary for a while. Sad to say they did not survive the moves. I wrote brief articles for our “in house” women’s magazine “Heart to Heart” when asked. I even put together a devotional booklet and sent it to supporters.

But for any serious writing, now is the time! My husband, Mike, is my greatest encourager. He helps me develop my abilities, whether in writing, music or bread making. I have my own computer set up for me. I have a file. I DON’T have the organizational skills necessary to keep things put in order. Neither do I have the strength and energy I had ten years ago. But I plod along.


* I joined FaithWriters.
* I take a notebook with me, and jot down ideas that come to me.
* I told Mike and SHOWED him that I was serious about writing.
* I try to get up an hour earlier. I need a cup of coffee, to spend some time with the Lord, and wake up before I’m ready write. I’m not a morning person, but it still helps to get the day going.
* I talk to the Lord, and ask Him for wisdom and direction as I pick up my pen.
* I found that I do my best writing with pen and paper. It keeps me away from the internet and games!
* I try to read as a writer.


After I joined FaithWriters last January, it seemed like life was crazy. A plan of action didn’t happen. Just to illustrate, in May we were scammed. Not to go into detail, we changed bank accounts, went on Lifelock, and slowly got our lives back together. Life throws these situations at us. It’s how we respond that makes the difference. There are always obstacles. From now on I am not going to let the challenges of life keep me from writing.

It has been sad to see so many in the writing field with so much mess. I checked out several writing web sites, and it was discouraging. I found the light ahead was really a freight train headed right towards me!

Discovering FaithWriters was not an accident. I know this is the place to grow as a writer. I don’t have to “pick out the bones” when using the material on FaithWriters. What a blessing.

This time the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t a freight train; it’s an open door of ministry.

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CD Swanson 01/31/14
Thank you for your story leading you to where you are today. Things don't happen by accident, you're correct...all preordained by God.

So glad you're a part of Faithwriters. I felt it a personal honor to be allowed into your world. Thanks!

Good job with this, and a very unusual approach to the topic at hand, but truly on target!

God bless~
Toni Babcock 02/01/14
I enjoyed reading your "writing journal" experiences. God grant you patience and persistence in reaching your writing goals. I did notice one typo in your piece - the line where it says 'It takes disciple to say “no.”' - I think you meant to say "it takes discipline to say no." Keep writing, and God bless you involvement with FaithWriters.com
Toni Babcock 02/01/14
Ooops - I meant to say God bless your involvement with FaithWriters.com!!
Sheldon Bass 02/03/14
This is very different for an entry here (a good thing) Thank you for sharing this here—something we relate well to. Keep on submitting!
Larry Whittington02/05/14
God gives us our talent and he also gives us the time.

Think of King David. He was a writer of poetry but he was also one who learned to play the harp, he also took time to learn to use a sling-shot, he looked after sheep, he shot and killed a giant. Did I also say he was King? In all of this he wrote.

God gives us out talent and he also gives us the time to use our talent. We must use our time wisely.

Keep writing for God's glory.

Keep your heart in heaven.

Keep you eyes in his word.
CD Swanson 02/06/14

God bless~