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Sunday, 23 July 2017

How do we use our Writing? By Wendy H. Jones



Psalms 45:1
My heart is stirred by a noble theme
as I recite my verses for the king;
my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.

The title of this blog suggests that it is a blog by, and for, writers. This is the case, and I am sure you will be breathing a sigh of relief knowing you are in the right place. As a writer I am always struck by this verse. However, like many others I am sure, I usually focus on the last part of the verse.

If creativity has been given to us by God then, we should do everything in our power to ensure that we are good at what we do. We spend time learning our craft and developing it so that readers enjoy what we read. We attend courses, writing workshops and devour writing books. Quite rightly so. As writers who are Christian, like all writers, we want to present our work in its best light. 

As Christians the part we often forget is for whom we write. We are writing for ourselves, and our readers, but ultimately we are writing for God. Our hearts are certainly stirred by a theme and from this our writing grows into, articles, short stories, novels or factual books. Whatever our preferred genre or sub genre, whatever we are writing, our words should bring Glory to God. 

Now, don't get me wrong. I am not advocating that you suddenly write Christian books and nothing else. Heck, I write contemporary crime books, and my characters are not Christian. Some of my unsavoury characters should probably go straight to hell without passing go.  However, as I write for a crossover market I do like my book to reflect moral values.  What I am saying is give your writing to God. Allow him to guide you. Pray about your writing before you start for th day or start a writing session. God does not ask us to shy away from difficult themes or to ignore the issues which are prevalent in society. I am sure he would want us to tackle them. The bible certainly does. But always remember God is guiding your words.

It is an honour to be part of an organisation such as The Association of Christian Writers, who is the owner of this blog. The help, support and networking I have gained, has been invaluable to my writing life. If you would like to know more about the organisation you can do so through their website 


About the Author



Wendy H. Jones is the award winning author author of the best selling DI Shona McKenzie Mystery series of crime novels set in Dundee. Killer's Crew, the fifth booking the series was released in November, 2016 and won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2017. Dagger's Curse, the first book in her Fergus and Flora, Young Adult Mystery series was released on 10th September, 2016 and is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Readers Choice Award 2017. She also has one non fiction book, Power Packed Book Marketing: Sell More Books.

Winner of the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2017

Shortlisted for the Woman Alive Readers Choice Award 2017


About the Author



Wendy H. Jones is the award winning author author of the best selling DI Shona McKenzie Mystery series of crime novels set in Dundee. Killer's Crew, the fifth booking the series was released in November, 2016 and won the Books Go Social Book of the Year 2017. Dagger's Curse, the first book in her Fergus and Flora, Young Adult Mystery series was released on 10th September, 2016 and is currently shortlisted for the Woman Alive Readers Choice Award 2017. She also has one non fiction book, Power Packed Book Marketing: Sell More Books.



3 comments:

  1. Well said, Wendy. I like to 'bury' little Christian 'clues' in my writing and it's always a pleasure when a reader finds them and remarks. Like you, I let my own values and beliefs penetrate my writing without smothering it or turning it into 'only for Christians'.

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  2. Yes, well said. I write for a general readership too, from a Christian's perspective, always hoping for a better world.

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  3. I had been thinking and praying these very words yesterday, Wendy. Yes, I feel this is my purpose for writing. Great post.

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