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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: The Death of a Writer (or Ode to John)
By Sharon Singley


Writing is to the mind as love is to the heart. It brings joy, laughter, and at times sorrow. But it always reveals the heart of the author.

John wrote from the heart. His desire was to soar outside of the atmosphere and pen words from a distant time and place. His would tell tales out of the ordinary, stories which would transport the reader to another realm. His flair for the bizarre, for the unusual, stemmed from not only his wild imagination, but from his physical constraints.

Bound by his mortal form to a metal chair, he knew his flights of fancy would most likely remain in his mind unless he released them to soar on paper. The human condition, the condition of mind or the condition of the body was a heavy yoke to bear. The gravity of these illnesses would bind the prisoner to his cell.

Yet John’s spirit was free! In his soul he would fly along with the characters in his stories, he would find new adventure with every stroke of the pen. There were no prisons for his spirit, writing made him a free man!

His desire was the same as all writers, to share his visions with others. Sadly, those who would read his heart, would judge it also. ‘His penmanship was not quite right…could he not have phrased it in a more soothing manner?’

John felt the scourge of rejection. Was it his heart they were rejecting? Did he pour too much of himself into his writings? How could he write of soothing matters when his body was in turmoil? How could he write of rainbows when he was drenched by rain?

His pen is now still. The words of his heart are silent. He sits solemnly at the window, dreaming of other worlds and new horizons. But his pen would remain at rest. His spirit may be alive, but the writer has died.

We can critique grammar, we can critique structure, but we must never critique the heart of the writer. It is the author’s passion which is poured out with each stroke of the pen. It is not open for debate, it is not open for criticism. It is simply open.

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Kevin Kindrick01/18/07
Well put, and AMEN.

God bless,

Marilee Alvey01/19/07
The thought entered my mind, that, writing of Jesus, our hearts will be judged, because his was. Jesus is a point of division, as unimaginable as it is. Peace, joy, love....what was bad in what he offered? Who would not take such a gift? They judged him before they could even evaluate his gifts. It seems like foolishness to some. Well, I say their treatment of the subject is what is foolishness! You give a great reminder to us all of the way it should be, and we certainly need that. Thanks for the reminder of how much John overcame to write of rainbows. We should rejoice that we are free to write at all! God bless!
cindy yarger01/20/07
Well done. You've caught the essence of the writer's heart and shared it well. I really enjoyed this.
Jeanette Oestermyer01/20/07
Hi Kevin, This leads us right into the writer's heart, and what he is feeling as he pens his thoughts. I enjoyed reading this.
william price01/20/07
A very good entry. I might have considered using your next to last paragraph as your lead. It was your best sentence in the story. That said, you minstered your point well and effectively. God bless.
terri tiffany01/21/07
Nice article - loved the ending best:)
Marilyn Schnepp 01/24/07
Perhaps I am paranoid, but I felt pin pricks while reading this entry. I critique, comment and am sometimes harsh (a la Simon Cowell)...so I took this to heart and hope that I have not crushed somebody's spirit or heart with my honest critiques...but I liked your story; just felt a twinge of guilt...but I still feel honesty is better than empty flattery. Good Job on this!