Wednesday, July 19, 2017

5 Questions to Refresh Your Writing Purpose

by Katy Kauffman @KatyKauffman28

5 Questions to give you the writing nudge you need.
Writing a book is no sprint—it’s a marathon. A cross-country marathon. 


As you run through fields of modifiers and metaphors, you eventually encounter hills of writer’s block. Ducking distractions and swatting flies of doubt and anxiety, you barrel forward closer and closer to the finish line.

By the time you reach the last leg of the race—the final editing of your book—your energy and enthusiasm reach an all-time low. What’s a runner—that is, a writer—to do?

Running alongside every writer is an ally, a friend in the writing process. Its name? Purpose. The reason you started writing your book in the first place. When you’re almost to the end of the writing and editing process, don’t give up. Let Purpose nudge you forward.

Ask yourself the following five questions to refresh your purpose in your mind and heart. Don’t let the time, energy, concentration, or challenges of writing hinder you from fulfilling your purpose.

5 Questions to Refresh Your Writing Purpose
  1. How could my message help others to have more hope, encouragement, or practical advice?
  2. What inspired the idea for this book—a personal difficulty, a friend’s trial, a need in the world today, or a message of truth from Scripture?
  3. How has God confirmed for me that He wants me to do this project?
  4. If I stop now, what specific encouragement will the world be missing?
  5. What principles has God taught me about this topic that He wants me to share with others?
So don’t stop, writer friend, when the finish line is near. Keep your running shoes tied on. Listen to your friend, Purpose, and finish well. Let Purpose help you to keep going, and depend on God for the wisdom, creativity, and grace to see your book finished. The world needs as many messages of hope and truth as it can get, and yours is going to make a difference.

Think about what book (besides the Bible) has impacted your life the most. If the author hadn’t reached the finish line, what hope or encouragement would be missing from your life? Tell us in the comments below, and remember that your book may be as meaningful to someone else one day. Keep writing, and don’t forget to join the conversation!

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Katy Kauffman is an award-winning author and a co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies, a ministry which seeks to connect people to God through His Word. She has taught the Bible to women and teens, and has published two Bible studies on winning life’s spiritual battles. Her newest release, Breaking the Chains, is a compilation on how to overcome spiritual bondage. Katy is also an editor and a designer of Refresh Bible Study Magazine. She makes her home near Atlanta, Georgia.

8 comments:

  1. Katy, Great questions. You inspired me. My favorite question is #4. As writers, sometimes we forget that the message God has for us to tell can only be written by us. Thanks, my friend.

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    1. Thank you, Cherrilynn, for your comment! God does hand pick us to share His truth. It's an awesome privilege and adventure. May He continue to bless your writing!

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  2. Such great questions and reminders. I'm preparing for a writing conference and a one sheet on a book idea. So many days I've gotten cold feet and almost chucked it. Your questions have inspired me to keep going.

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    1. That's so good to hear that you're going to keep at it. Thanks for sharing, Sheryl. One Sheets can seem daunting. For instance, how do I condense what this book is about to fit on one sheet?! I hope you enjoy this upcoming conference and receive good feedback on your book idea. I wonder if it's for She Speaks... :)

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  3. I loved His inspiration through your use of our running mate. Purpose. Your entire post speaks to me. The last paragraph caused to tilt my head. Followed by, "Hmm. Wow." Thank YOU for sharing.

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    1. Ah, thank you, Charla! It's nice to hear that. I hope your writing journey is an exciting marathon. Thanks for stopping by today and commenting.

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  4. I was dealing with some of those thoughts about a project I started a long time ago and wondering if I should just leave it alone. I can apply those questions to my manuscript and find out if the book is important enough to finish. Thanks for the post!

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    1. I am glad you found the questions useful. Thank you, Barbara. I pray God gives you guidance about your project.

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