Friday, June 5, 2020

What Does it Mean to Be a Writer of Hope?


by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

Being a writer of hope is something I’m making a deliberate effort to become. Right now our world needs hope. There is so much in our world these days that can lead to hopelessness if we let it.

Because our passion (and business) is words, we have the ability to affect how others interpret the world. I’m not suggesting that we slant our viewpoint to something untrue, but rather that we take an honest look at the hope around us no matter what situation we’re viewing.

This is What Being a Writer of Hope Means to Me:
  • Reminding others—and ourselves—that no matter what we’re facing, we can use it to make the world better or worse.
  • Reporting truth, but not forgetting that even the most difficult truth carries within it the seed of possibility.
  • Remembering to be kind. We should always take time to make sure what we’re writing isn’t running others down.
  • Remembering to be respectful. There are always two sides to every issue. Even when we disagree, we can do it without attacking one another.
  • Repeating the fact that no situation is ever permanently bad. We all face struggles and stress, but nothing lasts forever.
  • Redefining possibilities. Just as every situation has multiple possibilities, it’s our job as writers to bring those to light.
  • Releasing the misconceptions we hold onto so tightly. We have to first take an honest look around us before we can share truth with others.
  • Reinventing our own personal attitude. Unless we subscribe to the attitude of hope, it’s hard to encourage others.
  • Reminding others of God’s ability to redeem anyone and any situation.
These are the precepts I’m trying to apply to every thing I write. What would you add to the list? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the the comments section below.

Don’t forget to join the conversation!
Blessings,
Edie

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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram

6 comments:

  1. Edie,

    Thank you for these insights. As Christians, hope is one of the greatest treasures we can build into our writing.I've probably never said it but I know it is built into all of my publishing as well.

    Terry
    author of 10 Publishing Myths, Insights Every Author Needs to Succeed

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  2. Another may be - "Remembering to have FAITH in God. He will always pull us through." Wonderful words, Edie, and so helpful.

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  3. The world is fallen and its problems have been going on since the garden. God has given us the strength to see eternity and with it hope.

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  4. I love this, Edie. It's a great checklist for me. My blog is Hope for Today's Heart. I try to consider all the things you mentioned as I speak Jesus' truth. I also include photos of nature on my blog, because I think the natural beauty of our world is a great reminder of the hope we have in Jesus.

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  5. I am a writer of hope, filled with the love of God. I want to share His love and glory in all my thoughts, words and actions. My hope and joy is found in God.

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  6. Our God is the creator of hope. Your encouragement strengthens our hope. Thanks for the post, Edie.

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