Saturday, June 01, 2013

Focus



Thoughts to ponder 

From the June 1, 2013 meeting


Productive, effective writing requires focus. Productivity & effectiveness in any arena requires focus.
A major challenge to maintaining focus is the vast array of choices begging for our attention. Many opportunities are good, but do they define our focus or blur it?
Paul tells Christians to “Run in such a way as to get the prize” (1 Cor. 9:24). In other words, stay focused, don’t stray from the path. This is true for our faith, but it is also a principle for life in general.
I confess, I lose my writing focus too easily. I get stirred up when I meet with other writers, but I’m making too many choices that draw my focus elsewhere. As writers, with a gift & passion from God, I want us to make choices that will hold our focus on task, on our calling. The first step in making those good choices is to clarify our focus.
Focus will help us make choices that bear fruit. This is true whether we are working on a piece for a publisher or creating a personal blog. So ask yourself, “What is my focus? What has God put on my heart to do now? Next?”
This is our last meeting until September. How fruitful will our writing be over the summer? Will we actually submit that magazine article, short story or book proposal? Will we create, re-create or tweak our blog?
Prayerfully choose a summer writing focus. This may be a project, a genre, an area of  research, the submission you've been putting off. Then get specific, flesh out your focus with attainable goals. Make this summer fruitful. 
Take-home thought: Write in such a way to get the prize -- sharing truth & offering hope -- whether published or not.

3 comments:

Our Stories God's Glory said...

Excellent post! A great way to inspire us for the future. I read another blog article today on writing. It was about consistency. http://stevespring.org/2013/05/killing-it-with-consistency/
I think most successful writers are consistent. Working on this. I hope to join you all in the fall. Blessings!

Barbara Higby said...

Thanks for commenting. I'll check out the link you recommended. I look forward to welcoming you to our group in the fall. If you have questions feel free to email me.

Write for Him,
Barbara Higby, NJCWG facilitator
bhigby5@optonline.net

Susan Panzica - EternityCafe said...

Barbara, thanks for posting your devo! It's great!
Elise, thanks for the link. Great article - very convicting. I struggle with consistency. Recently I made a commitment to myself and my blog to post once a week on Wednesdays. And I'll add one if I'm posting on Circles of Faith or Laced with Grace. But if I can do one a week, it's a boundary I think I can commit to. Thanks for the inspiration in that article.
Susan