A World of Books...
Have you ever read anything that made you stop and think? Gave you a new idea? Helped you see your circumstances differently? Propelled you into an important decision? Life-changing discovery?
I have. Many times. I wonder what the world would look like if nobody could record their knowledge, discoveries, wisdom, and share it with others. Lots of things would be lost forever.
Even God chose to record His story in the Bible and share it with humanity. That Book turned my life around, and reading the life-giving words transforms me every day.
So, how does this pertain to you and me?
A writer, Joseph Epstain, said that 81% of Americans feel that they have a book in them. I don’t know how he came up with this, but a number of people I talk to say that they want to publish a book. That’s because all of us are full of information. We have experience, knowledge, and life lessons others could benefit from.
I started my own writing journey by keeping a diary. There was something about putting down my thoughts on paper or into the computer that helped me clear my mind and answer my own questions. It filled me. After dumping out everything that was brewing in me, it was like I had a conversation with a helpful friend. These writing sessions sometimes turned into written prayers and soul-searching discoveries. I felt like it had to share them with others. That’s how my blog was born.
A Writer in You...
Do you find that you express yourself better in a written form? For some of us it’s a preferred form of communication, and I want to encourage you to use it. Here are some ideas:
Write a letter to a distress friend to encourage him or her
Put your feelings in writing
Jot down an advice to yourself
Record a legacy for your children with your life lessons
Write down your prayers
Compose a blessing for someone
Keep record of answered prayers and everyday miracles
Make a list of things you're thankful for
Scribble a love note for your significant other
Join the online #writingcommunity and share your thoughts
As you can see, writing can have a lot of benefits. And if it's something you enjoy doing, it will enrich your life and preserve precious memories. When my husband was in the military, we used to write letters to each other. I still have them. It will be fun to read them when we're both old.
Now I would like to chat with those of you who aspire to write a book. I have to say, in the world we live now, it's possible for everyone to be a published writer. You don't have to wait to be approved by a big publishing company. You can have a book out for yourself, for your family, your friends. Who knows, maybe many others would benefit too. To learn more about the process, read my other blog post.
So, join the community of people who are sending their stories into the world. Yes, there are millions of books, but none like the one you can write. Somebody needs what you have to give. And we all have something to share.
Feel free to share under this blog post about how writing or reading impacted your life or what you hope to accomplish in your writing journey.
I want to leave you with this quote from William Faulkner:
If the story is in you, it has got to come out.
What is your story?