Who are you writing for?

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“If you write for God you will reach many men and bring them joy. If you write for men–you may make some money and you may give someone a little joy and you may make a noise in the world, for a little while. If you write for yourself, you can read what you yourself have written and after ten minutes you will be so disgusted that you will wish that you were dead.”

Thomas Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation

Convicting!  Who are you writing for?

Betsy and Laurie

www. WritingSisters.com

16 Comments on Who are you writing for?

  1. bwebbjr
    January 25, 2014 at 9:09 am (6 years ago)

    Oftentimes in my writing, I find in the finished product that there must have come a time in the midst where God took over the keyboard because what I’m reading bears no resemblance to what I set out to write … so oftentimes I write because I find in the midst is where Go chooses to meet with me and reveal Himself through His Word and thru His Spirit.

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    • Writing Sisters
      January 25, 2014 at 9:23 am (6 years ago)

      Hi Bernie, I love the way you described those times when we write and lose ourselves in the work through the Spirit. Buechner writes about times in his work when he wrote something that was better than he could write by himself. God meets us and reveals Himself to us if we are open. I love that.

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  2. Jeanne Webster
    January 25, 2014 at 9:52 am (6 years ago)

    Blessings, Betsy and Laurie!

    “Who am I writing for?”! I don’t really know who, but the Holy Spirit sends it on its way to whom the Lord so wills. I have reread my writings and wonder at times, who wrote it! I honestly don’t recall. Am I merely getting older?! 🙂

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    • Writing Sisters
      January 25, 2014 at 10:04 am (6 years ago)

      Hi Jeanne, Funny! That’s true for us with two of us writing on the same project. At a certain point we really lose track of who wrote what part. (And there is the memory thing too!)

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  3. edith miller
    January 25, 2014 at 8:34 pm (6 years ago)

    can you define what you mean when you say “writing for God?”

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    • Writing Sisters
      January 26, 2014 at 8:11 am (6 years ago)

      Hi Edith, When I think of “writing for God” to me it means to attempt to submit my own agenda and thoughts and try to discern what God would have me write. It is not the idea that “I am going to write something for God” but that “I am going to allow God to write something through me.” We can never know if that is actually happening or not – but I can make the effort. What do you think it means?

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  4. MyLoudThought with Jemima
    January 26, 2014 at 2:42 am (6 years ago)

    Indeed this is a question most writers have to constantly ask themselves to enable them stay focused on the right track.. “Who are you writing for?”

    Great work sisters!

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    • Writing Sisters
      January 26, 2014 at 8:13 am (6 years ago)

      Thanks! Setting that intention makes a big difference in our work. You brought up a good word. Focus.

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  5. mitsiemckellick
    January 27, 2014 at 7:56 am (6 years ago)

    I am always checking the intention of my heart when I write, especially when I am playing with the phrasing. Who will like this? Who will be impressed with my “word-smithing”? I find when I pray before I write, those questions tend to recede into the background and another question emerges: “God, what are You saying through me today?”

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    • Writing Sisters
      January 27, 2014 at 8:09 am (6 years ago)

      So true, Mitsie – prayer sets the tone and we begin with a right perspective – that all is for Him and for His glory.

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