Sat. Oct 16th, 2021

Many of those that choose to write material, write because they either like to, or they have something to say or present to those they are trying to reach. This brings into play several factors into the writing of material that some overlook when they are first getting started.

Here are some things to consider. First, what genre will I be writing in? If you have not thought about this aspect of writing, I recommend you follow up on this thought by visiting a website I found called “the book Genre DICTIONARY” which lists all the various genres in book writing and defines their meaning. It is also a place you can seek for book agents if you are leaning toward traditional publishing. Another website I discovered along my authorship journey is a site called “Writers Write” which is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. This site offers explanations about genre, writing tips, writing courses and much more. Their social media following is in the range of 950,000 followers.

A second item to consider when starting out in your writing is writing style. Do you have one? Or do you just write to write? “Writers Write” can help you understand this as well.

A third thing one may want to consider is, will there be a market for my material? With over one million new books being written worldwide every year, one may want to think about who your audience may be and what is the best way to reach them. Am I writing to the general public, to the world of academia, or a niche group of readers interested in a narrowly defined subject?

Fourthly, the question we all ask ourselves, do I have the writing skills to write a book? Places that can help in this area and offer writing courses, many for free, can be found at “FaithWriters” who offers free writing courses through a paid membership, and a site called “OpenLearn” that provides a list of several public Universities that offer free writing courses.

Then of course we can all use a little help after we have written our first drafts by using several writing programs called Grammarly, which offers a free and paid version. It should be noted that Grammarly can also be used online and works well inside WordPress sites. Another good tool is ProWritersAid which also comes in both free and paid versions. There are others out there to be found, it’s all about writing preferences. It should be noted that because the writing industry is an always-changing world, you will find these tools may use differing writing grammar rules. Sometimes it’s good to use two at the same time to check on the differences and craft your writing style using acceptable rules by the industry. In many cases, the general public will not notice a misplaced comma unless it causes confusion in the reading or they are part of the academic world that is a little more in tune with such issues.

I enjoy writing, and my writing style was born out of doing graduate research papers in Seminary. Over the years you learn to make adjustments and your writing becomes better for public consumption. I have completed six books and working on my seventh, all under a genre of Christian non-fiction. To be more specific, I write theology and discipleship-type books. I would make a terrible fiction novelist of any genre.

So let me encourage you to think about these things and if God is leading you to write something, then by all means write it. Remember, not everyone is a writer or meant to publish a book, but if you are driven in this direction, then let me encourage you to press forward. The book writing adventure is not a sprint event, but a marathon event, and those that pursue it to the end can feel a great sense of accomplishment.

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By Reid Ashbaucher

Author of six books, Reid Ashbaucher, a follower of Jesus Christ for fifty-eight years, holds a B.A. degree in Comprehensive Bible from Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio, an M.A. degree in Christian Theology from Trinity Theological Seminary, Newburgh, Indiana, and has completed some postgraduate work towards a Ph.D. in Religious Studies, endorsed by Canterbury Christ Church University, England.