Over the past several decades, I have taught a number of writing classes. I thought you might like to meet some of my students. Some were outstanding because of their talents, but I remember most of them best for other reasons . . . .
Some reading material has a way of holding my attention and reading it is a pleasure. Even doctrinal articles are occasionally written this way. Some reading material is boring and the writer rambles on and on. That type of reading is drudgery. What makes the difference?
The person who writes for a Conservative Mennonite publisher faces one extremely important question. How can I make my story leave a proper Christian witness, give it a Scriptural flavor, and have it turn out “right” while still keeping it realistic?
You are 16… or 18… You love to write. You have kept a journal or a diary for years. You have pen pals in a dozen states and three provinces. You have a collection of books about writing prominently displayed on your bookshelf. You attend every writer’s workshop that comes along. You love words.
Most writers are prodigious readers. They love words, whether they are reading them or writing them. In fact, I don’t think I have ever met a writer who did not like to read. That would be a little like having a cook who did not enjoy eating, or an artist who did not enjoy pictures!
As a Christian writer you must learn to think logically, so that you can interpret both the Bible, and life in general, logically. You need to do this so that you can help your readers to come to logical conclusions when they read your stories and articles.