Gleaning Writing Ideas from the
10 Commandments, Part 1

The 10 Commandments not only set the standard for how God wants us to worship Him and treat others, but in them you can also find a wealth of writing ideas.

The first four commandments focus on our relationship with God.

No gods before Me
How do you keep God first? What happens to your relationship with God when your life gets out of balance? How do you maintain a vibrant relationship with God? These are just a few ideas you could pursue for the anecdotal articles readers enjoy.

No carved image
What competes with God for your attention? Share with readers how, with God’s help, you overcame those distractions—TV, work, money, possessions, relationships. What are the signs another god is taking over your life? How have you learned to put those carved images in their proper perspective?

Don’t take the Lord’s name in vain
Share with readers ways to make sure their speech honors God. What are some productive ways to respond when other people use the Lord’s name in vain? How can we teach our children to honor God with their speech?

Keep the Sabbath holy
What are some unique ways to keep the Sabbath? What priorities have you set in that regard? What obstacles have you encountered and how have you overcome them?

If you struggle in these areas, other people do too. When you write about your struggles, they will know they’re not alone.

What if you write fiction? Your experiences may provide the perfect theme for a novel or a children’s book.

In Part 2 we’ll discuss the last 6 of the 10 Commandments.

Photo: Deborah ChristensenDeborah Christensen has been freelancing since 1989. She works as a writer/editor for Lighthouse Christian Products and serves as a mentor for The Guild. She writes the blog Plowing the Fields to help writers glean ideas from everyday life.


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