Stephen King’s book On Writing is a very good read. It is targeted towards writers and wanna-be writers, but it is a very inspiring book for anyone.
As bloggers are writers, this book can teach you several lessons and can inspire you in your blogging. Here are the 13 lessons I have picked up from reading Stephen King’s On Writing.
Just start it. Whatever you plan or wish to do, just start doing it. Take the first step. Start chasing your dream. When you’re brave enough to start, you will be able to succeed and you will make it happen.
Follow your passion. No matter what people say, always do what you like to do. Stephen King’s family, teachers etc all said that he was wasting his time writing, but he kept going on as he believed in it himself.
Do it for joy. If there is no joy in it, it’s just no good. Writing is not about making money, getting famous, or making friends. Writing blog posts should be inspired play and it should not feel like work. When you do it for joy, you can do it forever, no matter what.
Stick to it. Never give up on your dream. No matter how hard it seems. Good writing is the result of thousands of hours that the writer has spent composing and the tens of thousands of hours spent reading compositions of others.
Don’t be afraid of rejection. Is nobody reading your blog yet? If you really enjoy it, it shouldn’t matter to you. Just keep working on producing new material and work on winning blog readers one by one.
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“Out of all of the secular professional groups, do you know what professional group has the highest number of believers in God? Astronomers. Over 90% of the world’s great astronomers believe in God. Why? Because they have studied the heavens. It’s not a sign of intelligence not to believe in God. If you’re intelligent, you have to say, “Someone created all of this.”—
Adrian Rogers from LWF Devotional
Romans 1:20 - “For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse.”
I totally understand why. One of the best planetarium presentations I’ve ever seen was at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Now, for my secular followers, hear me out. The presentation was so awe-inspiring, I went out of there trembling because when you view the heavens and stars, planets and galaxies, in their actual perspective compared to earth - you realize how small you are and how really powerful and mighty God is. The heavens really do declare the glory of God (Ps. 19:1). And then, when you realize that God’s hand is so big that He fits the universe inside it? Whoa. (Isaiah 40:12)
I wish everyone could see this presentation. It is just straight-forward scientific fact - nothing preachy at all. Just shows you in comparison how big and vast space is. You can get the DVD here. Trust me. You will never be the same after watching it.
“It’s one of the things writing students don’t understand. They write a first draft and are quite disappointed, or often should be disappointed. They don’t understand that they have merely begun, and that they may be merely beginning even in the second or third draft.”—
So, so, so true. Writing is so full of rewriting that sometimes I want to throw the keyboard against the wall with frustration at my inability to get it right!