Writing Qualities Our Readers Will Love: Christ-Inspired Writing
Our topic today, Christ-Inspired writing, is the last post in this series about writing qualities our readers will love. Make sure you get the freebie checklist at the end of this post about the writing qualities covered in this series.
So far we’ve covered targeted focus; writing that flows; and clean writing. (click on each topic to take you to these blog posts). These stylistic choices guide us as we draft, but these qualities are best checked during revision. Don’t skip the revising and editing stages! Our first draft is not typically our best.
A reader’s comment (thank you, Jennifer!), however, reminded me of a danger about revising: we need to be careful not to over-revise or over-edit. Doing this can take out our writing voice, and worse take out Christ’s inspiration.
This can be challenging, can’t it? We want to write right! Especially when starting out in publishing our work in any form. Insecurities rise to the surface, causing us to doubt our abilities.
So how do we overcome this problem?
We let the Lord be the inspiration of our creativity. We make sure our work spills forth from Christ’s wellsprings, not our own.
Our personal wells of creativity for Christ-inspired writing will run dry. We still need to work hard, but writing that doesn’t flow from Christ will not be fruitful. When our source is Christ, we will produce the kind of writing that is our goal – writing pointing our reader to Christ and creating the fruit of lasting change in our readers.
Two of my favorite verses for letting the Lord inspire me:
Psalm 1: 3, “He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in its season and its leaf does not wither; and in whatever he does, he prospers.
Psalm 87:7, “’All my wellsprings of joy are in you, Lord.’”
Have you found a verse to help you create Christ-inspired writing? I’d love for you to share!
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“. . . We need to be careful not to over-revise or over-edit. Doing this can take out our writing voice, and worse take out Christ’s inspiration.”
I’m SO GLAD you mentioned that! I’ve definitely found it to be so when I stay too long on a piece I know God inspired and I try to hard to “perfect” it with a bunch of writing rules. My thoughts on a recent work was “there goes the Spirit’s inspiration.”
My favorite go to promise is John 15:5, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” I love the verses you mentioned too!
Thank you for your comment and for sharing the John 15 verse, one of my favorites too. I’m glad you found this a helpful reminder!