Hello again Christian writers who write for a reason, thanks for dropping by, and welcome to the second creative writing tip of 2016! 🙂

So, how much time do you have? Well of course, the answer is, the same as everyone else on the planet, 24 hours every day, seven days a week!

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But you knew that, right? 🙂 The trouble is, being human, we tend to lean towards spending our time doing what is easy and immediately satisfying rather than doing what is hard, even if we know the rewards in the long term will be much greater doing the ‘higher’ task (like writing that story to share the good news with young people).

It’s sooooo much easier to watch TV than open up that word document. (Of course I’m talking about spare time here.) This is especially true if everyone around you is doing what is easy and fun (and wasting their gifts?). But if we fill our lives with little tasks, or banal entertainment, can we then really say, “I didn’t have time to write”? John Piper says, “Nobody is to be at home watching soaps and reruns while the world burns.”

Of course there is a time for rest and relaxation – that’s vital. I don’t mean that we should use our every last spare minute doing good deeds; burnout helps no one. We need to soberly consider the use of our time, though.

Paul said to the Romans, “The time is closer now than when we first believed.”  I would like to encourage you this week to take a long, hard look at your writing and set some goals – then work out a sensible, achievable plan so you can reach them.

Why not start by doing the writing challenge I mentioned last week? It’s easier than you think, and infinitely (and possibly even eternally) more rewarding than aimlessly surfing the internet. 🙂 If you need a reminder what the challenge is all about you can find it here.

If you have found this writing tip helpful, please share it with your friends and leave a comment – thank you in advance! You can even write your goals out for the year below if you wish – maybe that will help you stick to your plan . . . keep in touch and let me know how it goes. 🙂

Janet Wilson, founder of Dernier Publishing and Write for a Reason
Janet Wilson, founder of Dernier Publishing and Write for a Reason

Grace and peace to you,


P.S. Members will be looking at ‘Theme’ this month – a vital component of your story. Last call if you’re interested! Click here to become a member. First month is free.


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