Monday, March 01, 2010

Why I Love New Writers

A little over a week ago I had the fun of teaching at the Castro Valley Christian Writers’ Seminar. This is a conference that attracts a lot of beginning writers. Today, as I continued work on a buddy program for the upcoming Mount Hermon Christian Writer’s Conference, I couldn’t help reflecting on why I love new writers.

New writers . . .
Remind me of those wonderful “firsts”—the first writers’ conference, first finished manuscript, first submission, first acceptance—when everything about the writing life was exciting.
Remind me how blessed I am to be part of the writing world.
Keep me on my toes. If I give them advice and instruction, I better be applying it too!
Keep me wondering which of the eager faces in my workshops will write the next run-away bestseller.
Encourage me. They may not know it but every thank-you and note of appreciation for a workshop or critique lifts me, especially on those days when I’m questioning my gift or calling.

Thank you to all the new writers out there who have inspired and encouraged me by taking my workshops and trusting me with your precious stories. I look forward to what God will do through you!


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