I attend a Christian writers group locally every other month. It’s lovely to meet with others who have a love for writing as well as the Christian faith. We meet together, hear a podcast relating to writing or publishing and then discuss it before sharing 500 words of our own recent works.
There is then the opportunity to highlight parts of the piece that could be improved or to comment on certain aspects that we really liked. What I love is that when the group nears the end, we pray for each other – and our writing goals. There’s something about such a group that is uplifting and keeps you accountable to write!
The most recent get together involved listening to a podcast from a pastor who aims to be a published writer. One comment that struck me was about writing being worship.
If you attend church, you may be aware of the generalisation of doing some praise songs first (the upbeat ones) and then the worship songs later (contemplative, slower songs). In all honesty, music is one form of worship. Anything that we do for God and to glorify Him is an aspect of worship. And I hope that is the case with my writing!
I write because I love to create stories. But as they’re read, I hope they are doing many things:
- educating about horses
- educating about the Christian faith
- helping others to be challenged to grow closer to God or start a relationship with him
Although I hadn’t really thought that way before, I recognise that my writing is a form of worship and I hope to keep it that way! Although horses are fairly consistent in my writings, I have found my recent trilogy (that is to be released October 18!) focuses more on the Christian faith and less on horses.