Sunday, October 13, 2019

Writing in the Right Light

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light Ephesians 5:8 (HCSB) 

In addition to being a writer, I’m also a photographer. And one of the earliest lessons I learned about good photography was that exposure matters. I’ll be non-technical: for an image to work, there has to be light—and plenty of it—or the picture won’t look right. Not enough light means it’s a blurry dark mess that’s unrecognizable. No matter how much post editing we do to an underexposed picture, it can’t be fixed. 

Contrary to that, too much light will blow out a picture—littering an otherwise beautiful image with spots of bright white that can’t be toned down. I’ve discovered that developing a life of writing is a lot like finding the perfect exposure for a picture.

I can’t do it in the dark. The dark is a scary place, and when I’m there, my fears take root and grow. 

As a writer, trying to write in the dark means trying to compose my thoughts away from God. He’s the light-bearer for my life. His insight and illumination brightens all that I write. When I don’t spend time with Him—in prayer, Bible reading, and reflection—my words lose their shine.

The over-exposure that sometimes happens isn’t too much God in my life. There can never be enough of God—ever. But that destructive light comes when I’m spending too much time in the false light of the world. I’m exposing myself to the lies that tell me I’ll never be good enough, or keep up with the trends, or reach the people I want to reach. By bathing myself in the light of those lies, I destroy the composition I’m working toward with my words. 

Now I’m working to compose my writing life with an eye toward the amount, and type, of light around me. Join me and let God use our words to bring light to a world that is dark.


*Excerpt from Soul Care for Writers, by Edie Melson, Published by Bold Vision Books 2019


  1. Good morning, Edie, you have described my writing journey! I am seeking, praying and waiting for His words. Not as fast as writing in the artificial light of the world. I thank Him for showing me writing is not a race. Writing in His will is my choice. Have a blessed Sunday, friend. In Christ, Julie

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  3. Awesome, and very timely, Edie. Thanks.
    Jay Wright; Anderson, SC

  4. I pray before writing and ask God to give me words He wants me to share. I pray His light will shine through to everyone.

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