REFLECTIONS ON BEING A CONTRIBUTOR TO "7 ESSENTIAL HABITS OF CHRISTIAN WRITERS"

When the call went out for potential contributors of a non-fiction, fiction, or poetry piece for InScribe Christian Writers’ Fellowship’s new anthology 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers (2015), I was a little befuddled as to how a fictional story could be included in what seemed to me to be a how-to book on best practices for Christian writing. Once co-contributor Kimberley Payne shared her own example of a fictional story that successfully incorporated essential habits, I decided to challenge myself to write outside of my traditionally non-fiction box.
 
At the time the call for contributions came out, I was just about to launch my first children’s book, The Two Trees. Since we are always encouraged to “write what we know”, I decided to tell the story of a woman named Sarah on a journey to publish her first book. While the story does indeed incorporate events that actually happened to me during the writing of my own book—for example, I did meet the lady who eventually became my illustrator at a local craft store—there are a few events that were made up, such as the scene when Sarah received a rejection letter from a publisher. Nonetheless, in the end, “fiction” was the best descriptor of the piece.
 
My story, called “God Speaks: In Step With The Word”, is about how we need to be tuned in the Holy Spirit at every stage on our writing journey. God will speak to us a wide variety of ways. Sometimes it is a whisper in our ear; sometimes through what others say; sometimes through reading God’s Word; sometimes through a song; or sometimes by a sign we read in passing. The story is peppered with Scripture and concluded with a list of five additional Scriptures for writers. 
 
Despite pre-production comments that my piece was “cliché” (I respectfully modified it while scratching my head since it was rooted in fact) and a post-release review that was somewhat critical of the fictional stories in general, the book has received overall excellent reviews, and I am pleased and proud that I pushed myself out of my box to try something new.
 
7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers is a solid companion and lovely encouragement for anyone who writes from a Christian perspective, whether you are a novice or seasoned writer. The seven essential habits collectively recognize that writing is a complex interplay of practical skills, inspiration, healthfulness, and spirituality. I am blessed to be included in this anthology with colleagues across Canada, a number of whom are award-winning authors. I am confident that you will enjoy this book too.


 
Here are the links for those authors participating in this blog hop. Please take the time to check out each one.
 
Ruth L. Snyder http://ruthlsnyder.com Sept. 14th
Brenda Wood https://brendajwood.wordpress.com 16th
Janet Sketchley http://janetsketchley.ca/tenacity-blog/ Friday, September 18th
Jack Popjes http://www.jackpopjes.com/category/blog/ Monday, September 21st
Kimberley Payne http://kimpayne.wordpress.com Wednesday, September 23rd
Marcia Laycock http://www.writer-lee.blogspot.ca/ Friday, September 24th
Steph Nickel https://stephseclecticinterests.wordpress.com Monday, September 28th
Sally Meadows http://sallymeadows.com/blog Wednesday, September 30th
Tracy Krauss http://www.tracykraussexpressionexpress.com Friday, October 2nd
Glynis Belec http://www.glynisbelec.com/blog.html Monday, October 5th
 
If you would like more information about 7 Essential Habits of Christian Writers, including a comprehensive list of endorsements from bestselling and award-winning  authors such as Phil Callaway, Jeff Goins, Kathy Macias, Nancy Rue, and Shelley Hitz, please go to this link:
 
http://inscribe.org/media-page-7-essential-habits-of-christian-writers/
 
Happy reading!

 

6 comments

  • Stephanie

    Stephanie Ontario, Canada

    Kudos to you, Sally, for stepping out of the nonfiction "box"!

    Kudos to you, Sally, for stepping out of the nonfiction "box"!

  • Sally Meadows

    Sally Meadows

    Thanks for your encouragement Stephanie!

    Thanks for your encouragement Stephanie!

  • Tracy Krauss

    Tracy Krauss

    it was very interesting to read about your motivation

    it was very interesting to read about your motivation

  • Sally Meadows

    Sally Meadows

    Tracy I was really challenged (as some of you may know) to think of how to use a fiction piece to share tips on how to be a successful Christian writer. Once I was able to wrap my head around it--it took me a while--there was no question that my main topic would be about being attuned to God's voice and the many ways He speaks to us. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

    Tracy I was really challenged (as some of you may know) to think of how to use a fiction piece to share tips on how to be a successful Christian writer. Once I was able to wrap my head around it--it took me a while--there was no question that my main topic would be about being attuned to God's voice and the many ways He speaks to us. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

  • Ruth L. Snyder

    Ruth L. Snyder Glendon, AB

    Sally, Thanks for telling us how you came to write your story. I love the variety of perspectives this book provides.

    Sally,
    Thanks for telling us how you came to write your story. I love the variety of perspectives this book provides.

  • Sally Meadows

    Sally Meadows

    Absolutely, Ruth! Now that I have my book copies, I decided to go through it once more and am really appreciating exactly that!

    Absolutely, Ruth! Now that I have my book copies, I decided to go through it once more and am really appreciating exactly that!

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