3 Steps to Productive Writing

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Our Talents improve only as they are developed, and we need writing disciplines similar to our Christian disciplines.

Growing in Christ means:
1. Learning more about God by studying His Word (2 Timothy 2:15)
2. Having regular fellowship with God and other believers (Hebrews 10:24-25)
3. Applying (practicing) our Christianity through prayer, good deeds, and self-control.(Hebrews 5:12-14)

To grow as writers we need:
1. Regular study to learn new things about writing or blogging. I often do this by reading tutorials or articles on the internet, but I've also taken an adult education class, gone to seminars, and read books. Check out my post The Necessity of Self-education for some sites I've found helpful.

2. Regular fellowship with other writers so you can talk about writing together and critique each others' work. You can do this in a writers' group, if one is available, or in an informal relationship with other writer friends.

3. Practice:
I know people who call themselves writers, talk about writing, and learn about writing, but they never actually write. As the old adage says, "practice makes perfect." The more we write, the better we write.

With spiritual growth or writing growth, self-control is a key. We’ve all heard of the "tyranny of the urgent"—the mundane tasks of life that keep us from those things for which we are passionate. In the same way that we need to prioritize our "quiet time," we also need to prioritize writing.

Study, fellowship and practice are 3 clear principles for Christian growth, and 3 clear principles for improved writing. We must invest the gifts God has given us if we expect to see a good return (Matthew 25:14-30).  

Also See Waste or Invest.

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