Excuses (poem by me)

I was lounging in plain sight,
He appeared and said “Write!”
I said, “Paper is fresh out,”
Legal pads, college-lined, and rose-scented paper
suddenly delivered in fresh stacks all about,
Then He vanished in a foggy purple vapor.

Again I began lounging outright,
He reappeared and told me to “Write!”
I said, “Pen just ran out of ink,”
Ballpoints, gel pens with comfort grips,
feathered quills and inkwells came about in a blink,
Then He disappeared like the sun during an eclipse.

Once more He was there. “Write,” He said.
I replied, “I am afraid to see what’s in my head.”
He said, “Don’t be afraid, dear daughter.”
Then He produced a lake of still water.

Wearily, I looked inside.
Carefully, I wrote.
Tragically, I shrieked.
Frantically, I cried.
Then He held me,
And I was satisfied.

“He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters.” -Psalm 23:2

© 2015 Kim Bond

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On Writing & Editing

This is a blog for Christian writers….writers who feel God’s call to write yet have been rejected….writers on the verge of giving up on a dream….writers who desperately want to know why editors, agents, and publishers keep rejecting their masterpieces. Don’t give up! There is hope.

While working as an editor for Draw Near’s latest forever free ebook Spiritual Citizens: A Christian Fiction Anthology (found HERE), I was able to pinpoint some strengths of good writing. I selected the inspiring stories for this anthology based on three primary criteria: message, clarity, and emotion.

1. Good writing conveys a message. The stories within Spiritual Citizens communicate a clear message to readers without necessarily spelling it out. The authors assumed their readers were intelligent enough to derive the message themselves.

2. Clarity is mandatory for all fiction. Skilled authors write detailed movements by every character. I must have rejected dozens of stories for Spiritual Citizens even though they seemed to have clever and unique plots because the action in the story was unclear.

3. Emotion plays a major role in every memorable piece of art. Excellent writing inspires some feeling. If an author writes well, the reader will be moved either by joy, sorrow, humor, fear, or some other emotion. Several of the stories in Spiritual Citizens literally moved me to tears with one of these emotions.

I am certainly not the best author in the world, but the knowledge gained from being an editor makes me a better writer. My hope is that it will help you refine your fiction as well so that one day an editor, agent, or publisher will recognize your talent for writing and put it on a lamp stand for all to see. Have a good day and God bless!

© 2015 Kim Bond

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