To Serve and Inspire: Ten Christian Book Writing Motivations
And as you probably know, there are dozens of self-publishing companies marketing to books that are Christian-specific. Reports in Statista’s 2016 review show that Christian publication is a booming industry. Therefore, writing a Christian book may be a lucrative business.
But no matter how well you write, there are moments when you have to dig your own motivation to start. Whether you want to reconnect your spiritual well-being, there are spiritual practices you need. To fuel up your writing spirit, here are writing motivation ways that can help you write better and inspire you more.
Keep a daily journal.
A journaling habit can pave way to self-introspection—an examination of the self with your own thoughts, feelings, and consciousness. It provides a personal reminder, a record of your innermost ideas to understand both yourself and the world around you.
Don’t wait for permission to write.
Never burden yourself with loads of excuses. “I will never finish this draft,” or “I don’t have enough time to write,” or “writing a Christian book is too hard for me.” Stop these excuses and start writing right away.
Read from the works of others.
Soulful books offer rich insights and timeless wisdom. To inspire you further of your own spiritual journey, read from the best books. They are your friends; learn from them and understand their message.
Pray before you sit and write.
Unlike a regular writer, a Christian author writes for an utmost passion—that is the willingness to serve and adore the Highest. Writing a Christian book is your pilgrimage and prayer is your fuel. Before you start a page, lend a little prayer and listen to God’s silence.
In what way can you become a skillful wordsmith? Of course, through writing every day. Muster that courage to write 1,000 words a day at least.
Write with God in mind.
Invite God to hear your words. Remember you may be writing a book for a specific reader, but you should also think that you are writing a letter to God. And that your calling is to speak the biblical truth.
That ringing mobile phone? The sound of notifications in your computer? Turn them off for a while. Distractions tempt you to slack. Write in silence, so as your mind is free from jarring environment.
Live what you write. Practice what you preach.
Your writing and your life may, somehow, should bind for a good purpose. Keep in mind that you’re doing God’s work as a writer, but then you should also live as God’s follower.
List writing topics and ideas.
While reading spiritual books, jot down important ideas. You can expand these ideas, or improve them. Store these topics, and list them on your journal.
Be thankful that you are fulfilling your vocation.
You may not know this, but you are actually mirroring God’s work and His disciples. You are following the footsteps of great saints and apostles, and with this, you should be glorified enough and happy that you offer your life to Him.
About the author:
Erin Scott is a book publishing and marketing specialist at LitFire Publishing, a company based in Atlanta GA which envisions helping more authors transform their manuscripts into top-quality books, and provides personalized marketing and distribution support to help authors become contenders in today’s very competitive market. Follow Erin on twitter at @erinscottlf or read more of her tips at http://blog.litfirepublishing.com.