Today I found more words for writers: Write all the words of this Revelation on the stones. Incise them sharply. (Deuteronomy 27:8, MSG)
I know the verse refers to God's revelation, and the memorial stones of the covenant. But I still think writers can find some lessons here.
Let's think about it. Write all the words. That doesn't necessarily mean to write long books. It means--as I tell aspiring writers all the time--a writer must write. Do you want to improve? Write, write, and write some more. I have improved in large part because I have written almost every day for over two decades. And I've written plenty of words.
Sharpen your tools. Choose the right colored pencil, the right word. Take classes, read books, accept criticism. Get better.
One final note: Set up the stones. As my friend Reggie McDaniel said, "God didn't give you that story to keep it in a drawer." In these electronic days, I suppose that would be in a computer folder. Share your words. In blogs, letters, articles, books, among friends. Publication is a scary process, but risk it anyways.
Remember I wrote for fourteen years before I got my first book contract!
Okay, writers. Get ready . . . set . . . write.