Scripture tells us that “knowledge increases power” (Proverbs 24:5). The more knowledge we have about writing, the more power our writing will have.
How do we acquire knowledge about writing? There are many ways, and I encourage you to explore as many of them as you can.
- Read the kinds of books you want to write. This is one of the best ways to gain knowledge about writing. As you read, you will be absorbing successful writing modalities–as long as, of course, the books you are reading are well-written. Be sure to read the best books.
- Read books about writing. Many outstanding books exist on the craft of writing. Read as many as you can. If you are a newbie, read books that give you a general overview of the writing caft and the writing profession. As you grow, read books on specific aspects of writing, like plotting, chraracterization, or dialogue.
- Attend writers’ conferences. I recommend attending at least one major writers’ conference per year. If the cost of a major conference is prohibitive, attend one-day seminars. Most parts of the country offer these shorter versions of conferences. When choosing a conference, be sure to choose one that invites agents and editors if you are at the stage of submitting your work. Until then, a general conference will give you the basics you need to get started. For your convenience, I’ve listed a few websites where you can learn about writers’ conferences around the world.
- Feed on the Word of God. The Word of God is the only source of true power. As we feed on the Word, the Word will enter our spirits and flow through our writing, infusing it with the only power that sets captives free.
Some Major Writers’ Conferences:
- American Christian Fiction Writers’ Annual Conference
- Blue Ridge Mountains Christian Writers’ Conference
- Shaw Guide to Writers’ Conferences
- New York Pitch Conference
- Greater Philly Christian Writers’ Conference
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