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How Reading Helps Writers/Bloggers

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or tools) to write. Simple as that”. Stephen King

Most successful writers will tell you that you must read in order to be a good writer. I am a passionate advocate of reading, mainly because of how my imagination is stimulated when I read a book. Reading can transfer you to other places and times when you take the time to  do it. You are taken on a journey inside the mind of someone else and you get to interact with their creative process.

These are a few of the benefits I find from reading

It acts as your personal idea bank

Reading exposes you to an abundance of ideas that you can pull from to improve your creative process. Each time you open a book, you will find ideas that you can draw on to enhance your work. Every new piece of reading material is an invitation to explore similar experiences in your life. This could be helpful if you find that you are stumped for writing ideas.

Find quotes for your posts

Sometimes it can be difficult to find supporting quotes for your ideas but when you read widely it makes this a little easier. You are able to find and compile a variety of quotes that you can save for further use, whether to support your ideas or to clarify a point. If you read widely you will have the advantage of not just unique quotes but a wider variety to support and give more authority to your writings.

Increases  your knowledge

The more you read, the more information you will have stored in your memory to pull from. Your perspective broadens and your ability to comprehend deepens. You are able to explore new topics and deepen your understanding of the issues.You are exposed to a variety of perspectives which can help you to develop your thoughts and ideas.

Sharpens your writing skills

When you are exposed to the writings of others, you get the opportunity to examine their skills in using the language. Their work is a concrete version of how to apply some of the writing skills that may be new to you. You are given an in-depth look into their creative process and you can note what appeals to you.

Clarify your writing style

Reading will also help you figure out your own writing style. Because reading exposes you to many writing styles, you can make note of what speaks to you from different writers. You will begin to understand what your preferred style is or isn’t. Their works will also give you a hint of what would appeal to your readers and how to write for them.

I am sure that there are other ways reading can be beneficial to writers and bloggers. If you have found reading to be helpful with your blogging/writing please share below.

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Owning Your Voice

With over 22 billion blogs on WordPress and over a billion users on  YouTube alone, the internet can seem like an overcrowded highway. With that said, why would anyone else want to join the crowd that is already jostling for the limited attention span of those who use the internet?

Although it might seem that there are many others saying the  same things as you, your unique voice is what is inimitable. Your voice is one of a kind because of your distinctive perspectives, experiences and resulting thought processes. Continue reading “Owning Your Voice”

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Thriving While Waiting

When you seek to live a life of calling, you are likely to come across a waiting place. This is a place where you might be uncertain of your next moves. At this place you may be trying to reconcile different visions of your immediate future. You are essentially at the ‘what’s next’ phase. This phase gives you the opportunity to do self-examination and development while you seek God for your next move.

When you are waiting on God, you have the opportunity to do your preparation for what’s next. We know he has a purpose for our lives. We know he created us to do great works for him and we know he will lead us and guide us in the ways we should go. We can take the opportunity to get our selves ready as we  wait with expectancy that he will make his purpose know to us.

As I seek to go to another level in my relationship with God, I have found that there are a few things that help me as I wait for my next. I hope they will help you too.

Spend more time with God: It goes without saying, that to maintain a life of calling, we need to walk close to God. If you are waiting on clarity of purpose, then this moment is the perfect opportunity to examine where you are with God and see what can be improved. Sometimes it’s a matter of us needing to slow down and strengthening our spiritual life. The waiting place gives us a reprieve to do so.

Self improvement: We are never quite a finished product are we? We are constantly changing and growing, as we internalize and broaden our knowledge base. There is always room for improvement and constant upgrade. We aim to become more of what God wants us to be daily.

We can apply a continuous self assessment process to our lives and make adjustments as we find our weak links. As Christians we seek to ensure that whatever we do, we do to the best of our abilities. This moment can be grasped as an opportunity to expand our knowledge base in whatever area you are feeling inclined to be of service to God.

Build relationships: At this temporary parking spot, you can seek out others that might be going through the same situations as you. Here you will find someone who can relate to where you are, share experiences and insights and grow together.

We can all learn from the lessons of each other, so we reach out to others that are moving along the same current as us. We also look to others that were able to swim through the currents and master the current rough seas that we are currently treading.

The waiting place gives us a great opportunity to exercise our faith in God. It allows us to live out our belief that God will do what his word says. It gives us the opportunity to see God come through for us. It allows us to learn the we can trust God and that he will do what he says in our lives.

Today, I encourage you to exercise your faith by holding on to the great promises from the greatest promise giver, Jesus Christ.

Read my previous post  Waiting on God

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Waiting On God

“Wait on the Lord” is a constant refrain in the Psalms, and it is a necessary word, for God often keeps us waiting. He is not in such a hurry as we are, and it is not his way to give more light on the future than we need for action in the present, or to guide us more than one step at a time. When in doubt, do nothing, but continue to wait on God. When action is needed, light will come.” J.I. Packer, Knowing God  Continue reading “Waiting On God”

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A Few Tips On Making Transitions

What is it for you? Are you waiting to make a big move? Are you waiting to take a new job? Start a family or a new project? Are you experiencing uncertainty about what to do next? It is a part of life that we have to make transitions, but sometimes we experience uncertainty with the best next option for our selves. Here are a few helpful tips to handle transitions. Continue reading “A Few Tips On Making Transitions”

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Benefits Of An Improved Prayer Life

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” Søren Kierkegaard.

When we engage in prayer we stand to gain many benefits. In a prior post, I wrote about 5 ways to improve your prayer life and with this improved prayer life you will see many benefits. I have seen where my relationship with God improved tremendously when I spent more time in his presence. For me personally, I have found the following benefits to be true. Continue reading “Benefits Of An Improved Prayer Life”

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Accepting the Mantle

I wrote a blog called small purpose, great rewards some time ago, but while I was writing it, I though about those persons who feel called to a larger purpose, but feel totally unfit for it.

I thought about those who like to remain behind the scenes, but are called to make a scene. I thought about those who prefer to hide their light, but are called to  display their light on a lamp stand. Continue reading “Accepting the Mantle”