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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Eight Great Points to Ponder when the Writer's Well has Run Dry

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Want to write but feel the well has run dry?

First of all accept that this would be true for any/all writers occasionally.  (Dispute me on this if you would like.  I would consider your input "interesting" and maybe I would learn something!)

I speak and share humbly, because I am no expert blogger.  I am a novice, and a baby, but I do have decades of life experience living as a "writer," behind me.

My ADVICE for when the writer's well feels dry:

1) Be busy putting GOD first.  Pray.  Is there something else that maybe God wants you to accomplish in the meantime, while you wait on Him to give you inspiration?  Do you need to clean something, some room, for your family? (my life)   Is there something you could craft or create or bake, to share and cheer someone?  Doing so could lead to BLOG IDEA, because I find that interaction with my brothers and sisters often inspires a topic, and also the inspiration can come when you are in process of doing something.

2) Connect socially with others, ready to give and encourage.  For me, sometimes caring and hearing from a friend, inspires a post, as I desire to speak to something he/she/they are dealing with.

3)  Stay in God's word.  As you study and insights or enrichment comes to your heart, then TA-DA you have something wonderful to share.

4)  Dare to delve.  Is there a lesson from your past personal life, that you have not written on yet?  Think on it, in those quiet times of routine cleaning, or feeding baby......talk to the Lord about it, and ask Him about it.

5) Look at the world around you.  Sometimes that can be scary, but know that God is with you.  What would He say to address some of the scariness?  What does His word say?  You can write about this, to encourage others.

6)  Is there a sensitive story that you know of, that you could turn to fiction, maybe change some details, and get the message across?  I have done this a few times, and desire to do it more.  I know that not everyone is comfortable doing this in their blog, but I have enjoyed this style.  Here is a link to my fiction category (that I just organized! *) https://grandmamarymartha.blogspot.com/search/label/Fiction%21%21



Here is my blogger friend from whom I learned from , or was encouraged by her work in regard to fiction writings (but that is not her only genre for sure!!)  Don't ever put my friend Edith in a box:  >http://edithohaja.com<  The short story category has been inspiring and refreshing for me.

7) Looking at pictures, people watching, doing something different from your routine, taking a long drive with quiet time for contemplation, all are other scenarios that God may use to inspire a blog post.

8) Are you willing to evolve and dabble (experiment writing with different forms or genres)?  Remember, if you are honest and in-line with God's word, someone might think it's GREAT (what you wrote).  It would be against human nature that every one agree in preference or opinion, so understand GOD and you are really your main concerns.... Be ready to please God and yourself and risk....can I say.... "failure"?  

But if you please God, to me there is no failure.  Might you want to delete, or revert to draft??  Maybe.  But so what!?  This is my perspective.  Don't expect perfection from yourself.  Save that adjective for God and Jesus please.


Rest assured, if you commit it to Him, He is with you, and you will have victory according to His will.  His will.  That's what matters. Praise Him, honor Him, give Him glory while you wait.

Blessings, dear sisters who desire to be used for my Father's kingdom work.

Tammy @
Grandma Mary Marthađź’–

*Sincere thank you to Edith for being my friend along the way, and for sharing her writing with ME and therefore being an encouragement to me as a Christian sister, and as a WRITER.  I thank God for you Edith !!!!

Christian bloggers are invited to join my facebook group called, "Christian Bloggers Topic Talk."  It is a place where you may freely question and answer for the purpose of developing topics/content for your blogs !

43 comments:

  1. These are great tips! I generally have a notebook with me so I can jot down ideas even when I'm out and about.

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    1. That is very smart Melissa! I also try to write ideas down when they cross my mind, because if I don't, I breath and the idea is gone.

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  2. Ah, I have been in this place and your suggestions and encouragement are SO helpful. Thank you, Tammy!

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    1. My pleasure Chris! I love it when we can support one another's efforts.

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  3. Thank you for this! I'm going to save it for the next time my writers well runs dry. :-)

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    1. What a blessing when we can encourage one another!

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  4. I am also still young in this field, but I recently decided to do a few things to ensure I do not run out of content. My ears are open to any story, and my feet are ready to run to any forum. I don’t turn down any invite unless I can’t avoid it. I also get some reminders of experiences from the articles I read.

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    1. Good thinking! Way to go Judith! Thank you for sharing here!!

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  5. Ugh, writer's block is the worst! But this post gives such great tips. Will definitely be referring back the next time it happens. Thanks! X

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    1. I am pleased that this was helpful! Thank you for visiting!

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  6. Wow! Praise the Lord! Tammy, I thank you so much for mentioning me and my blog here. I love you dearly and have learnt a lot from you. This article includes many helpful suggestions. I'll recommend it to my Feature Writing Students next week. May your unction flow ceaselessly in Jesus' name.

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    1. I am so glad you got to read the article, and that you approve and feel honored. I am grateful for you!!! Hugs, sister.

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  7. Hello Facebook friend! Thank you for inviting me to stop by and share in something that is so personal and dear to you!

    I feel like I live in a state of writers block. I love this topic, and I love the suggestions. I'm writing them down, and bookmarking this page because I WILL be back! XOXO Keturah

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    1. I am blessed and honored that you stopped by to read. Thank you for your kind support.

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  8. I agree with all the points given, and I like the fact that the inspiration from God is the first. Most times, I carry a book along with me, to put down whatever inspiration or observations. Later, I go back to build on them. Thank you for this wonderful piece

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    1. I love the idea of jotting down in a book, ideas that come....... I am blessed that you read, and took the time to share a thought!

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  9. Great tips, I also feel that reading the bible and books related to my niche has helped me combat writers block as well.

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    1. Reading books related you your topics is a GREAT tip, Teliah!

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  10. Wonderful tips I must confess. The Lord is your strength Ma.

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    1. If you wish to write, I pray that the Lord uses you to spread His love, gospel, and truth!

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  11. Sometimes we get confused on what to write about but these tips are really helpful, and I'm jotting every word. Thanks a lot ma

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    1. Thank you for visiting. The Lord be glorified!

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  12. I am really impressed by this piece because when it comes to writing most times I am always blank without ideas or suggestions

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    1. If you wish to write, I hope that you do, and that you find it to be richly rewarding. I truly believe that when the words flow, and it feels right and good, that it is a gift from God when those words are for kingdom encouragement.

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  15. Very interesting tips. There's something about this piece that just makes me want to write. Writers block is really not a joke.

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    1. Nathalie, writing has been such an important creative and therapeutic outlet for me, that I am happy for anyone who gets similar pleasure. Thank you for reading!

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  16. Wonderful tips. Number got me though. We should always put God first. Every other things follows and works out well.

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    1. Thank you for reading, and sharing a nice thought!

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  17. This is really inspiring! My mum, Aunty Edith was really right. This is a well of inspiration. Reading this was like bottling up inspiration and placing it on a shelf. Thank you so much for this and God bless you. I find this more helpful than I thought I would.

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  18. This is really inspiring! My mum, Aunty Edith was really right. This is a well of inspiration. Reading this was like bottling up inspiration and placing it on a shelf. Thank you so much for this and God bless you. I find this more helpful than I thought I would.

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    1. Thank you for kind encouragement Rose. I am honored by your visit and nice comments. I appreciate this sweetness in my journey.

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  19. Onwuka Chinaecherem E.
    Thanks so much ma'am for this post; indeed God is love & lOve is God. Really learnt alot from this post; thanks & God bless you Aunty Edith for this wonderful privilege of sharing in your knowledge.

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  20. Judith Josiah E.
    Thanks Aunty Edith. Really found this post helpful more than I expected;looking forward to applying this in my everyday endeavour to better myself as a writer. Thanks

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  21. This is a very good list...On my own I try to schedule my posts by assigning each category on my blog to a particular day of the week,that way I have guideline,and know what direction to put my mindset and it has helped me to post at least 3 times a week

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  22. Wawwuuu...This post is really nice, I have problems on how to choose a topic to write or the procedures to follow but this is a solution.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.
    Thanks to Aunty Edith for referring me to this page, it was indeed helpful.

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    1. Thank you Abugu for visiting and leaving a kind comment. I wish you much success and great satisfaction with your writing !

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  23. Adorable 8points, all helpful and unique in there ways.kusdos to Christians bloggers!

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  24. Very well written ma.Thanks for the educative post. I'm challenged to work on something soonest... God bless you Aunty Edith for leading us to read something as useful as this.

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  25. Very tender and well put. . .I find good advice here for my day, so thanks for sharing your moment with me.Love,Pamela

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