So You Want to Be a Writer, Eh?

There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.” ― Ernest Hemingway

My writing career began in the fourth grade. My teacher, Mr. Ellis, assigned the class a writing assignment as homework for the weekend. “Write a two page fiction story,” he said. “On any topic you want.” The class groaned. He peered over his glasses. “Due first thing Monday morning.”

I went home and got to work. One thing led to another, and pretty soon I’d written a 12-page novella entitled Diamond Island, and a gang that smuggled diamonds hidden inside the bellies of robotic sharks. I’m also certain it was a plagarized Hardy Boys story. I hand-colored a title page, got my parents to proofread my magnum opus, and proudly presented it on Monday morning.

I got an A++.

Fast-forward a whole bunch of years. I didn’t go to writing school, nor did I particularly enjoy English class in high school. I detested Shakespeare. I didn’t want to be a writer- I wanted to be rich. So I went to real estate school, and put Diamond Island far from my mind.

When I was a youth pastor, I attended the Willowcreek Leadership Summit in Barrington, Illinois. Marcus Buckingham was speaking about strengths, and what he said hit me so profoundly: “A strength is not something that you’re good at. You can be really good at math and hate it. No, a strength is something that gives you strength. What is your strength? Do that.”

I had been praying and seeking my calling for a few years at that point, and what Buckingham said was right on the money, for me, at least. “What gives me strength?” I asked myself. The answer was obvious- I was always taking notes, creating quotes, writing down little stories and observations on life. I wrote for hours every day. Right then and there, sitting in Willow’s massive auditorium, I discovered my vocational calling as a writer.

The mission has been refined over the years, but the gist of it is this:

I want to tell stories that lead people closer to Jesus,
and then give Him the profits.

From that point, it took seven years of hard work to become a published author. Now I’d like to help you along.

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