Wednesday Writers Pad | NaNoWriMo 2018

After much contemplation, I’ve decided to participate in NaNoWriMo 2018. I’m excited about being one of the thousands (millions?) writing their novel in November. The goal is to crank out 50K words between November 1 and November 30. That averages out to 1,667 words a day. Of course, 50,000 words doesn’t exactly a novel make but it certainly is a healthy start. 

My primary impetus for taking part in NaNoWriMo this year is getting that novel idea out of my head and onto paper—well, in my case–on my laptop. 

October is known as #preptober, a time to get ready for the upcoming word joust next month. I’ve found some interesting YouTube videos on NaNoWriMo and PrepTober that discuss different aspects of this annual, internet-based, creative writing project. 

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I know that October is the month to plan so that in November I can focus on hammering out a daunting 50,000 words. I’ve learned keeping a notebook is helpful, as is doing my research now rather than waiting until November. I’ve also discovered that it is helpful to plan writing time focused on my NaNoWriMo project ahead of time. Being organized seems to be something the Type-A organized folks recommend. Of course, pantsers disagree. 

Have you participated in NaNoWriMo in the past? What are some things you learned or helpful tips you’d like to share? 

Are you going to take part in NaNoWriMo this year?

I’d love to hear from you, so be sure and leave your comments in the comment section. 

I am still working on my nonfiction book focusing on prayer and worship. Hopefully, I will finish that by Spring 2019, as the Lord continues to teach me more about prayer and worship.

Happy Writing!

The Devotional Guy™

Celebrating Your 9 Favorite Posts of Summer 2018

Labor Day marked the unofficial close of Summer 2018. It has been a busy and eventful season in many respects and Sweet T and I continue to be blessed by seeing the Lord at work. T and I have already been busy discussing and preparing for the upcoming 2018 Operation Christmas Child (OCC) National Collection Week (November 12-19).  We’re excited to see what God will do in our 10th year of partnering with Samaritan’s Purse in this incredible ministry.

Our outreach at Union Gospel Mission Dallas continues to grow and produce blessings and fruit. Since joining this outreach ministering to the homeless 8 years ago, Sweet T and I have witnessed life change first hand. We are both grateful for our 4th Friday outreach team and their individual faithfulness to this powerful ministry. God is good all the time and all the time God is good!

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Writing and blogging opportunities and avenues continue to show substantial growth as well and I’m certainly grateful to see the readership blossom for this writing ministry that God has called me to pursue, especially through The Devotional Guy™, which is now in its 5th full year. I’ve been working on a book focused on prayer since the beginning of the year and hope to have it completed soon. My original goal was to have it completed by the end of this Summer, but God has taken me down some different roads to reveal, show, and teach me some additional things that I believe will influence the final product.

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.

Colossians 3:23-24 (ESV)

With one season winding down and another starting up, I wanted to take a look at nine of your favorite posts that received the most traffic during the Summer of 2018. Please feel free to check them out and pass them along. Here they are:

Psalm Saturday: How is Your Prayer Life?

The Last, the Least, the Lost, and the Lonely Among Us

The Secret of Cultivating Gentleness

Taste and See the Lord is Good!

Are You Tired and Empty? Find Jesus.

The Seven Wonders of God

Day 8339: Continuing to Face the Challenges of Living Life in Recovery

Celebrating My Sweet T!

More of Him. Less of me.

Thank you to all of you who continue to read faithfully and share this blog with your family, friends, neighbors, and fellow blogosphere mates. Pass it on!

Happy Blogging!

Peace be with you.

Blessings,

The Devotional Guy™

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TRIVIA: Did you know that Don Henley’s 1984 classic song “The Boys of Summer” features lyrics written by Henley and music composed by former Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers guitarist Mike Campbell?

 

 

 

Ministering Through Writing: The World Needs to Hear Your Voice

I moderate an online critique group, the Christian Writers Circle, on Scribophile. Certainly, it is not a ministry outlet I expected when I left the private sector to work in ministry. As it turns out, God has had a different plan for ministry than I personally had envisioned. Today, I recognize that for me, writing is ministry, just as much as being a worship musician is.

Part of my writing ministry is this blog, The Devotional Guy. Since launching it at the end of 2013, I’ve seen the blog grow, albeit slowly. Ministry isn’t quick. Often, individuals minister without fully seeing the fruit of their efforts. Noah built an ark. None of his neighbors appear to have been converted by his monumental exercise in faith. Jeremiah, the Old Testament prophet, not only didn’t have any converts, he made people angry by preaching the truth. They wanted to silence him in a very permanent way (if you know what I mean). Yet, he wrote prolifically and so his voice continues to be heard in the generations that came long after his. The results of God at work aren’t always as clear and obvious as people (like me) want them to be. Yet, we press on faithfully.

You may have recently decided to use your writing talent to share the Gospel, to inspire people, and to do good things for the advancement of the Kingdom. You quickly learn that writing is often a solitary endeavor. Know that you are never alone. There are others–you just have to find and seek them out–who share your passion for blogging and writing to inspire.

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This past week, rummaging through the clearance shelves at my local Half-Price Books, I ran across the book “Writing to Inspire.” It looks like an old book. The print is reminiscent of the early word processor fonts that we thought were so impressive when they first hit the scene. Yes, kids, word processors were considered advanced technology once upon a time. Crazy. The cover is faded and slightly tattered. Published in 1982. Yikes! I feel as old as the book looks now.

“Writing to Inspire” is an anthology edited by William Gentz featuring articles written by several faith writers of a generation past. In the 1980s, the religious market for writing was exploding. The book offers insights on how to get published and find niche markets geared for Christian writers. Several of the articles offer insights into writing better and producing marketable, readable stories, poems, articles and scripts for Christian television and film. It’s a good book highlighting an expansive subject.

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Knowing that others came before us helps us. The Bible, supernaturally inspired by God, is written by human hands. Jeremiah had a friend, Baruch, who served as his scribe and is believed to have helped Jeremiah with writing the books of Jeremiah, Lamentations, and the Book of Kings (1 Kings and 2 Kings).

2 Timothy 3:16-17(NIV) All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.

So, you see, writing has played a significant role throughout the history of faith and has proven to be an instrumental ministry to believers through the ages. Blogging is simply a digital form of writing, that can be used to advance God’s kingdom and bring Him praise and glory in the process. Do not be discouraged my faith-writing friend; God promises us that He is with us wherever we go.

Keep writing and blogging! 

The world needs to hear your voice. 

 

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