writing

Are You Writing from Your Spiritual Gift Mix?

Each of us have each been given a measure of grace (Romans 12:6). We are each part of the body of Christ, and as such, have a particular role to play in establishing the kingdom of God on earth. You may have identified your spiritual gifts in order to give…

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6 Surefire Ways to Recognize Your Own Voice

Your writing voice is not unlike your speaking voice—it will take time for you to learn to recognize it. Think back to the first time you heard your own voice recorded and played back to you. Remember your surprise at the sound of your own voice. People hear your voice…

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7 Essential Characteristics of an Influential Voice

I had a revelation while watching the Kennedy Center Honors during the Christmas season. One thing that makes the Kennedy Honors unique is that celebrity friends of the honorees deliver the speeches—not the honorees themselves. I realized why we love celebrities so much. We can count on them to be…

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Writing the Done Draft

It is important to understand that at some point you must finish your manuscript. Unfortunately, thoughts are not that finite. You will continue to have thoughts to express about your subject matter, even after you are done writing about it. Yet, those thoughts are for another piece. More insidious than…

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Writing the Decisive Draft

You have now fully developed your writing with the help of the feedback you’ve received from the demonstration draft. In this draft, you will first complete a thorough self-edit of your material to take your work as far down the road as you can. At the end of that process…

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Writing the Demonstration Draft

The demonstration draft, along with the upcoming decisive draft, are the most unfamiliar of the five essential drafts to the new writer. Think of the demonstration draft as a test drive of a new vehicle or the delivery of a prototype from a manufacturer. As a writer, you will be…

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Writing the Development Draft

Once you have a discovery draft, you now have content with which to work— that is, you have words on the page. It is important to understand that during the discovery draft process you were getting your ideas down on paper. You were following the trail down which the writing…

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Writing the Discovery Draft

When you begin a writing project, write for fun. If writing is not fun, then why write? What I think makes writing the most fun is discovering what I truly know about a subject. The process of writing reveals the depth of my knowledge. I am often pleasantly surprised at…

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