Tag Archives: creative writing

i received an interesting message today…

why is spiderman at the top of this post? read on... read on...

this is what her message said –

“as it currently stands, i am having to make decisions about my job i never hoped to make which is leading me to question career choices in journalism and life as a writer. i’ve often viewed writing talent (or any art form) as a curse. There is the relentless need to achieve perfection and writing is subjective-loved by some, hated by others.
i find myself questioning why God gave me talent as a writer and why i couldn’t have been blessed with something else that would have been easier to establish job security in, like having a gift for science or math and pursuing careers in medicine or business.
as i was reading my bible tonight, i began to realize being gifted in writing is one of the greatest gifts of all. why? God needed writers to spread his word. True all scripture was inspired by God, but he needed someone there to put ink on the pages.
and although this doesn’t necessarily bring about resolve to my concerns, it does provide a little comfort.” this was sent to me by Emily Jane Vernon, (check out her blog. follow her on twitter.

she makes a really good point, doesn’t she? and i love our God for encouraging her through the very medium that she was questioning. I love that he shared a love letter and showed her how important the written word is… it gives life in the case of the bible… by using his word written down for us.

it’s true, writing is an interesting thing because it is very subjective, and with the new outlets like blogs, tweets, posts, etc. many of the traditional rules are out the window too… so you can’t even really judge something on it’s structural elements. it’s pretty much, do people like reading what we write? which leads to something altogether different.

it’s our responsibility to find contentment in Christ and not look for it from others. this is true in relationships (it is not your husband’s job to make you feel a certain way. it is not your child’s job to complete you. and on and on… ) when we have contentment the other things that we really want take care of themselves. that being said, we have to be content that what we write honors God, and is worthy of our time and effort. when we share, we have to be confident in what we are sharing. we take a risk that it won’t be well received or considered “good enough”. and we have to be ok with that. and content that we did the best we could.

if you are a writer, be grateful. you have been entrusted with a powerful gift. use it wisely.

story. writing. capturing the best ideas. sharing. it’s crucial, and has life changing effects.

like peter’s grandfather told him in spiderman “with great power comes great responsibility”.

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write on… i turned 39

moose lodge, the recording studio of jim "moose" brown and his sons, jeremy and josh.

today was my 39th birthday. woo hoo.

woke up to new tom’s, diet coke and a footloose movie.

work. writing and design.

lunch with my accountability partners at an old fashioned soda fountain.

dinner with the fam.

another trip to moose lodge. they asked if i minded coming on my birthday… to which i said, what better thing to do today than see your song come to life.

here is the epiphany i had yesterday when chatting with songwriter max t. barnes

i love writing. i have been writing for the last 30 years of my life. and writing professionally since i got out of college.

i really love writing.

until now, i hadn’t written songs. i wanted to, but i hadn’t.

you know what’s so special about it song? it has longevity.it has infinite spins. it brings back memories and elicits emotions time after time… 

most of the things i write are things that will have one go-around.

we don’t do reruns in church, we don’t do reruns in magazines or in books.

everything i typically write is experienced once, maybe twice if it’s really spectacular…occasionally it is loved enough to be saved and dogeared…

but then there is music… you can literally listen to a beloved song thousands of times.

so… if there is a really important thought, idea, way of thinking of something… it is good stewardship of the idea to trap it in a song, where it will have the possibility to impact more people.

so, yeah. that’s compelling. and exciting.

i’m still writing shows and articles and curriculums and studies… but i’m really enjoying exploring this long-living method of sharing what i learn and is revealed to me…

just finished up my first song, Up In My Treehouse with Curt Campbell (sung by Curt Cambell and Caitie Hurst)… i cant wait to share it, listen to it and teach it to the kids in treehouse. got to do it at moose lodge with jeremy, josh and jim “Moose” brown. i’m beside myself.

and planning to make songwriting a regular thing… i love the wise use of ideas…

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