Purpose Leads to Perspective

My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses to the King; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer (Psalm 45:1).

Norm Rohrer, founder of the Christian Writers Guild and my first mentor, said all writers should have a purpose, and he encouraged me to create a mission statement.

What is your writing bottom line?
Every time you sit down to write, know why. While my specific reason may change from time to time, my underlying principle never does: I want my work to glorify my King.

When I decided to pursue writing as a profession rather than a hobby, I realized a writer is more than someone who jots words on a page. Being a writer is an identity.

Let your words speak
Everything I do has God’s fingerprints on it. My words echo His love, reflect His creativity, and in some way retell the story He spoke into existence at creation.

Not everything I write is aimed at the Christian market. My mission calls me to write noble themes that point others to my King—no matter where they are in life.

Do a little soul searching here at the beginning of a new year. Once you’ve found your theme you will discover that it adds a new perspective and joy to who you are as a writer.

React: Do you know what your purpose is as a writer? Share it here.

Jennifer Lindsay began the Guild’s Apprentice course while earning her bachelor’s degree in English and has since completed the Journeyman and Craftsman courses. She works as an editor for a hobby magazine and serves as the youth leader at her church. In 2011 she started The Writer’s Wellspring, a blog to offer encouragement to writers.

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    • Jennifer Lindsay says

      Thanks, Rebecca. Ps 45:1 is one of my favorite verses. It encourages me to to look up when I’m struggling over word choices and such. It reminds me that when my focus is where it needs to be, the rest comes more naturally because my writing is (or should be) a form of praise and worship.

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