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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: The Writer’s Skill/Craft (04/22/10)

TITLE: "A Dreamers Dream
By Mildred Sheldon


“Good morning Papa. I need to talk to you about what constitutes a good writer. Putting pen to paper is, in my opinion, an art form. A person that can put pen to paper, telling a story, while holding the readers attention from beginning to end, to me, is an accomplished writer. They are a master crafter of the written word.” I said.

“My child, “ All Scripture is God breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” Papa said.

“Papa, I joined a Christian writers group to grow and learn, but not all people in that group read every entry. I can’t understand why it is if a novice puts their thoughts down some people just read the first paragraph and go no further. How can a novice learn if those who also write do not read and comment on what others have written? I just don’t understand Papa.”

“My child, “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

“Papa, I know you’re my strength and I can lean on You, but it sure would be nice if more people participated in feedback on what others write. I’ve read many different kinds of books in my life time, and some were excellent while others were mediocre or just plain bad. I’m not saying the authors weren’t good in their genre, but some of their words kind of curled my hair. The only book I have ever read that I consider great is my Bible. Many men wrote the Bible, but the author was You. Any person that can write a book, and hold your attention all throughout the story is someone who has a beautiful gift from You. I truly consider Max LuCado a writer of the highest caliber. I love reading his books and if you are so inclined you can use his book to form a study group. In the back of his books there is a discussion guide on each chapter and guess where it takes you? The Holy Bible. Yep! The eternal Living Word of You. Now that is what I call a writer who, in my opinion, is top quality.”

“My child, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

“Papa, I enjoy putting pen to paper. I write from my heart and I write because the written word is awesome. If a person is so inclined they can enroll in classes set up to help them write better. I write for enjoyment and not profit. That’s not an endeavor I would pursue for money. Writing is an itch and putting pen to paper takes care of the itch so to speak. I am blessed to be part of a group of writers, and I can read other peoples written words. I don’t judge what others write, because who am I to say who is good and who is not. In my opinion no one will ever come close to the greatest author of all and that’s You Papa. Your words are truly crafted in the finest manner possible. With You holding our hands as we put pen to paper what better way to share what You Papa have laid on our hearts than through this group of writers. I love you Papa and I’m so glad I can talk to you anytime, anyplace and anywhere, because You are just a breath away.”

Scriptures NIV
II Timothy 3:16
Isaiah 10:10
Deuteronomy 6:6

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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/29/10
I love how you address God as Poppa. It shows what an intimate relationship you have with Him.

A minor editing note- the quotation marks had me slightly confused at first, then I realized you were quoting scripture. If you have a quote within a quote use the single quotation mark(') for the inside quote.

Your love of writing for the glory of God shines through. I do know some people don't like to leave remarks because they may feel unqualified or afraid the critique will be taken the wrong way.

But I have learned that in every piece, whether it be the genre I enjoy or not has some good in it. Don't get discouraged!
Margaret Kearley 05/03/10
I love this honest and heartfelt conversation with the greatest Author who understands all and knows us through and through. Well done, well written.
Jan Ackerson 05/03/10
The words from Papa were very comforting indeed.

This felt a bit like venting on the part of the writer, and referred perhaps too obviously to the Writing Challenge, but it definitely expressed some emotions we've all worked our way through.

This piece beautifully expresses what is in your heart.
Marilyn Schnepp 05/05/10
So well spoken and SO true. I too get discouraged ss the majority of the members do not critique or comment; but there are a few who make an effort to read as many as they can each week. Then, it isn't always helpful because they don't wish to hurt the writers' feeling so instead of being honest, they pat you on the back with flowery words. Hang in there! Rely on your Heavenly Father, and know that you're not alone. I thought you did a good job expressing how you felt in this entry. Keep writing...
K.D. Manes05/07/10
I like how you addressed God as "Papa" and emphasized his writing as the finest. Thank you for encouraging by sharing how you deal with challenges and frustrations. "Papa" is a resevoir of truth, hope and inspiration! God bless!
Carol Penhorwood 05/08/10
Sometimes I believe what comes from our pen is for OUR benefit just as much as other's. I know sometimes it can get discouraging when we do not receive comments on our pieces, but we have fulfilled our responsibility in the writing...the rest it up to the Lord.

I too liked the intimacy shown in this.

And I wanted to thank you as well for taking the time to read and comment on "Heaven Sang".