A few weeks ago my book project came to a full stop. I was upset especially since it made such great progress. “Why, LORD?” I asked. I just could not understand the meaning behind it all. Now it makes sense!
I love reading books about writing, and I like adding more to my collection every now and then. About a week ago I bought one called The Little Handbook to Perfecting the Art of Christian Writing.
Reading through the first few chapters of it I gained a realistic perspective on whether or not it is worth to write and publish a book these days. The authors share facts on the publishing business; and, yes, we should think of writing as a business. They mention the influence the media is having on book publishing and that it is important to get the word out. Also, we need to realize that:
Writing is a challenge and a process, and to develop diligence and skill is hard work.
Something else this book has given me is a fresh look into what a healthy relationship between author and editor should look like. I'm not a well-known and famous author. I wrote a few articles, a part of a chapter of a book, and translated some texts for a few publishers. Therefore my thoughts on working with editors are quite limited. Hence, reading this book gave me a much better perspective on what a editor and author friendship should look like.
What is your favorite book in the Bible?
I'm looking forward to the summer break program of our Church's Bible study. We will be going through some of the Psalms. Last week we studied Psalm 1 — talking about two different ways: The way of the righteous and the way of the wicked. Thursday's study had been about Psalm 8 and next week's will be about Psalm 91 — I'm really looking forward to that.
We should not pick and choose, I know; we need to read all of God's Word to get the whole counsel of God. It's good to have a Bible reading plan handy that will guide us through the Bible. There are several available in print, online, and in digital form. If you don't have one yet, please keep coming back to the Bible page. I will update it in the next couple of weeks offering some suggestions on Bible reading there.
I find some of the chapters in the Bible easier to read than others. How about you? Do you have one or more books in the Bible which you really love and prefer reading? I love the Psalms — reading them, meditating on them, and especially singing them. Singing them? Yes. I will talk more about this in another post. So please stay tuned.
Writers have to read. They should be reading a lot of times and across different genres. I'll have to admit that I used to neglect this important task on many days. Why? I often found "more important things" to do and so I didn't "have" the time to read. I thought reading books can always be considered leisure and cannot be called work. Sure, sometimes it is a time of relaxation and fun; however, many times — for example, during research — it is work and it needs to get done.
I have a laptop so I could literally write everywhere, but I prefer to write at the same place every day: at my desk. The same goes for reading, I could just take my ebook reader or a selection of printed books with me to read them anywhere; but I prefer to read my books at the same place every day. There is something about connecting an unique space to a specific task. Entering that area is almost like switching the brain to do what it is supposed to do right there and then.
If you are a writer, have you set apart a favorite spot in your home where you are reading?
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I'm a helpmeet, homemaker and writer. I was born and raised in Germany but I'm now living in the stunning Sunny South East of Ireland.