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So You Want to Become a Christian Writer!

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Suggestions for Becoming a Christian WriterWhen asked for suggestions as to what path to take in becoming a Christian writer, I didn’t know the background of the person. What was clear, however, is that this individual needed a starting point.  If you don’t begin somewhere, you’ll never go anywhere.  As in pursuing anything, you need to bathe this venture in much prayer, continuing to pray at every turn.

The starting point may not be the same for everyone depending on one’s background but following are some suggestions:

1) The starting point could be some training.

Have you considered writing courses?  Sometimes you can take courses at community colleges. Christian writers’ organizations often offer conferences. Search online for what is available. How much you invest time-wise and financially depends on how seriously you wish to pursue writing.

If you want to begin simply by reading, you’ll find some helpful articles and books about writing on the Church Communications Resources page.

2) The starting point could be networking.

Sometimes connecting with other writers helps spur you on as you see the journey they have taken to get to where they are today. Remember Proverbs 27:17 — “As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.”

Support and encouragement from other writers can be invaluable. From casual sharing with one another to deliberate mentoring, any kind of input can help you grow as a writer.

3) The starting point could be to simply begin writing.

Online blogs can provide a platform to share what God lays on your heart.  You do need to realize that just because you build it does not mean people will come. You must promote your blog to secure readers.

You can write online and offline articles.  Search online for article sites to which you can submit your articles to make them available to others.  Writing for magazines is another possibility. Learn the requirements of the various magazines and send a query letter to see if they are interested in what you plan to write.  Slant the article to match that magazine.  If your church has a newsletter, they might be open to including an article from you.

Then there are books.  You can go through a book publisher which can be a tough market to break into if you do not have a portfolio of writing or perhaps if you are not a well-known speaker. Getting articles published first enhances the possibilities of book submissions being accepted. Or, you can self-publish.  If you do that, find a good proof-reader. Usually the more books you get printed, the less cost per book, though print on demand is becoming more popular and less expensive.  The downside with self-publishing is that you might then need to do your own promotion and distribution.

The Christian Writers’ Market Guide provides contact info and submission guidelines for both books and magazines. (link goes to an affiliate store)

The starting point could include all three points mentioned above simultaneously.

Where ever you start, just make sure you begin. Diligently stay the course, trusting God to open doors and use your writing to His glory whether done professionally or in a church newsletter or personal blog.

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10 Replies to “So You Want to Become a Christian Writer!”

  1. I want to be a Writer regarding about God ready to forgive us. We should avoid to commit sin again. Obedience to God Is the best way.

    • There’s so much to write about our wondrous God and how He works on our behalf, Jean Rojo. When writing about Bible doctrine, it’s good to use illustrations to help people more fully understand. A good example of the specific truth you want to write about is the woman caught in adultery whom the religious leaders wanted to stone to death. Jesus told them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” After her accusers walked away, Jesus asked the woman “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” “No one, sir,” she said. “Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.” (Jn. 8:3-11) — I will take time to pray that God provides guidance in both what to write and those with whom you can share your writing.

  2. I want to be a Christian writer who writes especially about the new life given to us by Christ, it’s influence on the world around us. I also love writing about the Love of Christ towards believer’s & unbelievers.

    • Wonderful truth to write about, Lambi Rapheal Nyanka. There’s so much that can be said about who we are in Christ and us serving as light and salt in our world. May God use you to His gory!

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