The Official Writing Challenge
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You've got the start of a good devotional here. FaithWriters has some suggestions on how to be a better writers.


The following link gives ideas on how to write to topic, and one of the main thoughts is to not start your entry with the name of the topic.

http://www.faithwriters.com/Boards/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=67&t=29535

I keep re-reading these courses, and it's a wealth of information. Spend some time there and you will not be disappointed!

Keep writing and learning. That's what I'm doing!
Understanding and knowing what Jesus commands (teaches) and and relying on the Holy Spirit to carry it out will go a long way to make a person successful in following out that desire.
Thanks for sharing your ideas and thoughts. Some formatting will make this easier to read. (Make sure you Preview your entry before Sending it) A space between paragraphs is visually helpful.

Blessings
You make some great points. I'd love to see some examples and descriptions of the things you talk about. Often sharing real-life experiences will help the reader connect with you. You've a great start. I'd like to challenge you to read and comment on every entry in your level and at least 5 in the other levels. By leaving feedback, I've learned so much about my own writing and what works or doesn't for me. Keep writing.

This short piece is the kernel of a fantastic dramatic piece, but there was no attempt to take it the next step in the creative process.

The next step in making this a more dramatic piece is to put some distance between you and your subject and treat your experiences with a certain detachment.

1.Overall, what challenges did you face? Can you pick one or two incidents and expound on them, describe them – the actions, dialogue, thoughts, themes, characterization, and scene details could be a concentration to lead us into you story in a sense connection.

2.What is common sense of “Hard Knocks”? Examples of your experiences using them successfully or unsuccessfully.

Try to show your reader in a manner that the reader can say, ‘Hey, that’s me I think I will try to handle things the way this writer did and does.

3.What taught you that one should seek God’s face before making life-changing decisions? How can that translate to the realities of life?

How are you different in these things than you were before Christ entered your life, compared to how you are now?

4. You picked the word ‘intentional’ because that was your first instinct when choosing that word.

a. Dig into your subconscious to find out what caused you to pick the word ‘intentional’.

b. Reflect on the word ‘intentional’ and brainstorm. Since you chose that word, I guarantee it is the head of an iceberg and the word

‘intentional’ is the tip of the iceberg. There are things connected to the word, emotions, experiences, hurts, heartaches, or perhaps happy incidents.

5.Much potential in this kernel of story.

6.Example: The word ‘Intentional’ – Deliberate, intended, calculated, purposeful, premeditated, planned

a.My actions, I found, became more deliberate and purposeful than they had been previously.

b.I learned to plan, for planning with God’s counsel is God’s way of teaching you to walk in him and with him.

c.Etc.

This short piece is the kernel of a fantastic dramatic piece, but there was no attempt to take it the next step in the creative process. The next step in making this a more dramatic piece is to put some distance between you and your subject and treat your experiences with a certain detachment.
1. Overall, what challenges did you face?
a. Can you pick one or two incidents and expound on them, describe them – the actions, dialogue, thoughts, themes, characterization, and scene details could be a concentration to lead us into you story in a sense connection.
2. What is common sense of “Hard Knocks”? Examples of your experiences using them successfully or unsuccessfully. Try to show your reader in a manner that the reader can say, ‘Hey, that’s me I think I will try to handle things the way this writer did and does.
3. What taught you that one should seek God’s face before making life-changing decisions? How can that translate to the realities of life? How are you different in these things than you were before Christ entered your life, compared to how you are now?
4. You picked the word ‘intentional’ because that was your first instinct when choosing that word.
a. Dig into your subconscious to find out what caused you to pick the word ‘intentional’.
b. Reflect on the word ‘intentional’ and brainstorm. Since you chose that word, I guarantee it is the head of an iceberg and the word ‘intentional’ is the tip of the iceberg. There are things connected to the word, emotions, experiences, hurts, heartaches, or perhaps happy incidents.
5. Much potential in this kernel of story.
6. Example: The word ‘Intentional’ – Deliberate, intended, calculated, purposeful, premeditated, planned
a. My actions, I found, became more deliberate and purposeful than they had been previously.
b. I learned to plan, for planning with God’s counsel is God’s way of teaching you to walk in him and with him.
c. Etc.