Sunday, August 1, 2021

Writing Lessons from a Camera

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson 

The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps. (Proverbs 16:9)

When hubby and I go hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains and I always bring my camera. And I usually take a LOT of pictures. But I never know exactly what I'm going to end up with when I get home and see the pictures on my computer screen. They rarely turn out as I expect. Sometimes they're better and sometimes they're a disappointment.

When I’m in the process of taking pictures, it’s like being in the thick of battle. I clamber over obstacles, scope out the view and plan the shots. Sometimes, like with this picture, I stand in icy cold water, hoping what I achieve will be worthwhile. 

But I never know for sure until I’m back home and take a look. 

AND I put the images out for others to see.

Because it's not just how I feel about an image that makes it valuable, it's how it makes others feel when they look at it. 

Truthfully, that's exactly what following God’s call to write is like. 

Each manuscript—large or small—is in a way, a battle. I sit at my computer scope out the viewpoints, clamber over obstacles—like doubt, fear, and time—and plan what I’ll write. I sit and write, hoping that what I create is worthwhile, but never knowing until I’m finished. 

And I put my writing out there for others to read.

So next time you're in the thick of battle, don't give up and don't despair. Give your writing a chance by finishing it and sharing it with others!


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 FACEBOOKTWITTER and on INSTAGRAM


  1. Loved reading your comparisons this morning. Thank you for sharing... always learn so much from you and others. So - keep them coming!

  2. Thanks for sharing. I love your encouragement.

  3. Appreciate your humble honesty, your helpful posts, and your heart for God.Thanks so much.

  4. Creative work does cause the same questions, doesn’t it?
    Gorgeous waterfall shot! :)