Writing Tips From Jesus: Two

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Writing Tips From Jesus: Take Off Your Outer Garment

Jesus knew that the Father had put all things under his power, and that he had come from God and was returning to God; so he got up from the meal, took off his outer garment, and wrapped a towel around his waist.  John 13: 3-4

Take off your outer garment.  But we don’t like exposure. A writer’s ego is fragile.

There is a poet who hides her beautiful poetry under her bed in a box. Another writer burns her journals. A friend of ours will not tell his story because his sisters would not approve.

After publishing The Lord of the Rings Tolkien said, “I have exposed my heart to be shot at.”  And there are those that would take target practice on our hearts.

Kurt Vonnegut Jr. compared a critical reviewer to “a knight in armor beating up on a hot fudge sundae.” And there are those knights in armor waiting.

We are all protective of ourselves.  Writers can’t be. We “take off our outer garment” and serve by being vulnerable. When we write, we show ourselves and connect with others by being transparent, allowing others to see inside of us. It’s risky. 

There is a cost to the exposure that writing brings.

Knowing that God has all things under control makes us brave. We make a choice to be “shot at” and “beat up” and we expose our thoughts anyway. We let go of fear and use our one wonderful life for His Glory.

How did Jesus do it?  How do you do it?

Betsy and Laurie  http://www.WritingSisters.com

 

7 Comments on Writing Tips From Jesus: Two

  1. Chris Malkemes
    March 23, 2015 at 9:16 am (3 years ago)

    I so agree. I was writing this morning and the thought hit me. We writers let people read our thoughts – read. our. thoughts! Maybe this is why we’re vulnerable. But if we’re honest with ourselves, we are called to write so write your heart out for God has placed Himself there and that has to be good. thanks for your encouraging words – sweet writing sisters.

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    • Writing Sisters
      March 23, 2015 at 5:28 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks, Chris. I love the way you put it: we write our hearts out. So true!

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  2. Hope Dougherty
    March 23, 2015 at 4:31 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh, Betsy and Laurie. This post is so timely as I wait for my first publication date. I’m beginning to feel those nerves. My “secrets” will be out for all to see and judge–and I’m writing fiction! But I agree with Chris–we are called to write. Thank you for your encouragement.

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    • Writing Sisters
      March 23, 2015 at 5:30 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Hope, Be encouraged as your pub date nears. God has a plan for your books. Thanks for your comment. When your pub date?

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  3. Lesson Learner
    March 23, 2015 at 4:46 pm (3 years ago)

    That’s so true.

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