Turn Write Series with Guest William Rameriz

Will Ramirez grew up with a love for God’s Word and fantastical worlds. The first passion led him to pastor Calvary Chapel Lighthouse for the last 16 years. The second led him to create the world of Adme, the setting for his current work, an epic fantasy titled Soul Yearning.

He lives in Central Florida with his bride of sixteen years and their four children. Since 2010, he’s been a member of the American Christian Fiction Writers and serves on the leadership team for Word Weavers of Orlando. He also blogs every Sunday about his writing journey at New Author’s Fellowship. You can also find Will on his personal blog, Forever More.

He is currently seeking representation for Soul Yearning, which won Novel of the Year at the 2012 Florida Christian Writer’s Conference.

Thankful For One Another

Sometimes God calls us to stand alone, but even then we are not alone. Elijah thought he was the only one taking a stand for the Lord and he found out later on there were 700 others who were faithfully following the Lord.

In Chapter 2 and 3 of Numbers, the Lord outlines the places where each tribe was to march and camp, as well as the various duties of the Levites in assisting Aaron. It’s not exactly an exciting read, but one thing stood out to me as I went through it the last few days.

Each tribe or family had distinct tasks God gave them to do, yet no one did those tasks alone. While Judah’s standard led the march and was the symbol which stood high in the east side of Israel’s camp, it was not Judah alone that did so. They were joined by Issachar and Zebulun. Even though Aaron and his sons led in the ministry of the Tabernacle, each of the three families of Levi were responsible for making the ministry work properly.

In our walk with the Lord and however we might be called to serve Him, the Lord didn’t design us to be alone. I’ve learned that in ministry, work, and most recently my writing career. Since I became serious about writing two years ago, I’ve met so many wonderful brothers and sisters in Christ who have come alongside to challenge, encourage, and help me. Whether from Word Weavers, ACFW, or conferences, I’ve been so blessed with the relationships that God has brought into my life. I would not be close to what I am as a writer without them.

I am so grateful for the friends that God has placed into my life who love me, challenge me, rebuke me, cry with me, and comfort me. And ultimately, I am thankful for my Jesus, the friend who sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).

Have you thanked the Lord lately for the friends God has brought into your life and for the friendship of His own dear Son?

Are you making sure you’re not walking this Christian life alone, but have brought others into it with you (Hebrews 10:24-25)?

#2 Every Writer Must Have a Well

By Elaine Baldwin| @elainehbaldwin

#2 Every Writer Must Have a Well!

In other words every writer must have more words than they will ever use in print stored in their brain. This might seem like a “Dah” statement, but I’ve met individuals who say they want to write, but when asked what they read their answers are limited to the genre in which they write.

I believe this kind of one dimensional reading habits results in one dimensional writing.

The best of the best writers; the ones we want to emulate, are ravenous readers. If they aren’t writing, they are reading…everything.

For the Christian writer, their number one book resource is the Bible which helps them keep the main thing, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the main thing. Writers like…

Francine Rivers http://francinerivers.com/blog/problem-womens-magazines

Bodie and Brock Thoene  http://www.thoenebooks.com/blog.asp?post=0&per=Jul2012&id=670

Mike Duran  http://mikeduran.com/2012/07/woody-allen-the-honest-atheist/

Morgan L. Busse   www.morganlbusse.com

…to name just a few, keep their Christian worldview as the foundation for their writing. And while they are all committed to their genre, their reading material takes a wider sweep including non-fiction.

I am convinced the broader our circle of reading material, the deeper our well of words which leads to more relevant writing.

That doesn’t mean we have to read what we don’t like or is offensive. I only suggest we poke our heads out of the wells of our chosen genre once in a while. This stretches our intellectual and emotional muscles and that’s a good for us and for our readers.

#1 A Writer Must Write with a Clear View

#1 Every Writer Must Have a Clear View! In other words every writer should know their worldview and stick with it. No one likes a writer who straddles the fence and is noncommittal.  Even if we disagree with an author’s premise, we can at least respect their writing if they remain consistent with that premise. We may enjoy following someone on their journey to discovering their worldview, but eventually…and sooner than later…we really want them to make up their minds.

This is the view from my writing desk. All day little critters join me in my “tree house” on the hill. Or should I say, I join them in their tree house.

I love my view! It doesn’t matter what season it is or what the weather is my view is a delight and refreshment to my soul.

It holds great value for me and I guard my view tenaciously.

This past winter we needed more room in our living area so I moved my writing desk into our bedroom. There I stayed sequestered away from my tree house friends for five months. Finally I just couldn’t stand it anymore. The separation anxiety was too much. I rearranged the living room, swept up all the dust bunnies and rolled my writing desk back to it’s rightful spot. Our small group could just be squished.

Ahhh! Now I could write. Well, I could write in the bedroom and I did. But I had lost my view in more ways than one and I needed to get it back.

That happens to writers. We lose our view, our dreams, our focus. Sometimes we try to be all things to all people. Sometimes we worry and fret over who will read our words and what will they think. Sometimes we fret for hours, days, weeks and even months about page views and subscribers and forget to just write. Then again, sometimes we forget our words are just words if no one reads them. And sometimes we forget our passion. We forget our skills and talents. We forget our expertise. We forget our calling or our desire. We don’t think they have value or worse yet, we think they never did.

In all these “sometimes” a writer can lose the foundation of their worldview and that is not good.

This site is dedicated to helping us keep our view clear and sharp while at the same time always learning and always growing.

Helpful ideas and tips for better writing will be here most Thursdays as part of the Turn Write Series with links to writers much smarter and more experienced than me as well as general organizational and time management skills that will be useful for any part of your life.

Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. I John 2:28

I hope you will join me. Share your foundation. Share your tips and ideas. Share your successes and failures.

Share your view!