As a writer and editor for more than 40 years, Andy Le Peau has seen thousands of book manuscripts—some good and some not so good. Along the way, he’s learned some valuable guidelines for Christian writers who burn with hunger to make a kingdom impact with their work.
“What I have found is that spiritual disciplines we practice every day in life will help our writing,” Le Peau told Dr. Steve Greene on a recent episode of “Greenelines” on the Charisma Podcast Network. “First and foremost is the spiritual discipline of gratitude. I am saying thank you to God, thank you to other people in my life for what they provide for me, what they do for me. If I have that openness, I have humility because I am recognizing that what I have is not my own doing, that God has given it to me.
“That also gives me confidence. I have confidence because the gift came from God. Whatever good thing He brought into my life, I know it came from Him. So, that’s what I encourage in writers—to develop confidence and humility, so that they are open to receiving correction or input. If they have confidence in God and in themselves, they know that they need not fear failure.
“Don’t let fear inhibit your writing and keep you from moving forward. Have a prayerful approach to your writing and read your Bible. Just seek the Lord and expect the Lord to feed you when you put your hands on the keyboard.”
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