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Discover This Weekly Inspiration for the Christian Writer

  • Sep 8, 2012
As you face the blank page and crank out words, you work in isolation and alone. Are you someone the Bible calls a "Ready Scribe?" If so, you will find encouragement in THE HEART OF A READY SCRIBE, 52 REFLECTIONS FOR WRITERS.

Melanie Stiles has picked a clear target audience for this powerful slim book.
Each week begins with an inspirational quotation, a short devotional thought, a relevant Bible verse and some action steps called Reflections. I loved week 7 "No" Means Take Further Action. Stiles writes, "Too many of us quit at Rejection Number One. If you don't give up after the first round you could land in a prominent crowd. Let's review a short list:

* CS. Lewis is said to have been rejected some 800 times before he sold anything.
* A Time to Kill by John Grisham earned 45 rejections.
* A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle received 29.
* Jonathan Livingston Seagull by Richard Bach – a whopping 140." (Page 13)

I found inspiration in these weekly readings--and believe you will as well. For example, Week 38 is called "Follow, Don't Lead" about the necessity for writers who want to get published to follow the guidelines. Stiles concludes, "We, as writers, are given guidelines. When followed, they give editors one more reason to keep reading our work." (Page 75) If you are a Christian writer, you will profit from a careful reading and application of the pages of THE HEART OF A READY SCRIBE.
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W. Terry Whalin ()
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I am an Acquisitions Editor at Morgan James Publishing. I have written more than 60 books for traditional publishers and for more than 50 magazines. My blog on The Writing Life has more than 1,100 searchable … more
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Melanie Stiles is an award-winning writer and an AACC Master Life Coach with hundreds of bylines in various publications, including Family Tree, The Sentinel, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Celebrating Brothers & Sisters, and Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas Magic. She currently lives in Houston, Texas, where she enjoys gardening and scrapbooking.
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