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The Art of Words
Self-Education Resources for the Christian Writer
INTRODUCTION: Basic Essentials of Christian Writing (101)
This 3-part course is foundational, with the guiding principles covered here used throughout the other tutorials and writing courses.
This tutorial explores the most important elements to consider when writing as a Christian. Students cover the processes necessary
when completing a publishable manuscript, beginning a new work, and building a long-lasting platform within the Christian
There are hundreds of New Testament stories, and so, many people believe there are no new topics that fit in the genre. The
Storycatching tutorial shows how to appropriately develop story/article/sermon ideas based on the particular importance and/or the
Jesus message within a topic. The tutorial covers how to enhance, reuse and recycle story ideas; and how to do so in a way that
does not distort the Word of God or bore the target audience with over-simplification.
The Written Words tutorials, developed by and for WordArtists, strengthen the purpose and skill of the
Christian Writer. The chief aim of the WordArtists is to assist the would-be Christian writer with finding
his or her Christian voice and allowing that voice to be an echo of God's. These tutorials do not place
emphasis on the grammatical skills of writing. It is assumed the writer has gained these skills through
Words, tools of the trade for the writer. Helpmates, promising
to color, shade standing alone, words are potent and powerful. Words, whether
flowing from the pen or spoken, are helpmates, promising to color, shade or leaping from
the tongue. Words are a force, tools of the trade, that convey meaning, experience and
activation. Each word has a life of its own. Each word has a life of its own. Each word
is a "carrier of spirit"...Whether it is a negative spirit or a positive spirit is up to the
writer/speaker. So, always ask, "What kind of spirit am I releasing around me?" as you
write /or talk.
WordArtists are curators of words, especially biblically-based words. The prepared
FORM AND CHARACTERISTICS (102)
Christian Writing has its own recognizable form, specific characteristics, and significance. These facts makes it a type of literary or
artistic written work; a work that can include musical lyrics.
THE WRITER'S POINT OF VIEW: The View Finder
Every person, place and event comes with its own story. This is why there is "my story," "your story," and most importantly, "His
Story." The Point of View tutorial aids a writer in understanding the place of his or her voice in Christian writing. Voice on the page
is this -- the way you say things, the way you tell stories, the details you consider important. This powerful and necessary tutorial
helps a writer to maintain the Jesus message in whatever they write.
THE FIRST CHRISTIAN WRITERS
The 40 authors of the Holy Bible were not all Christian writers. There were, in fact, only nine men who wrote the 27 books canonized
as the New Testament. it was these nine men who were the first Christian writers. They are called evangelists, a word meaning
'people who proclaim good news,' because their books aim to tell the "good news" ("gospel") of Jesus Christ.
THE CHRISTIAN WRITER'S TOOL KIT
WORDLISTS Downloads! Always use the best possible word—the one that is closest to your meaning, sounds best, and
creates the clearest image. If you can’t think of the right one, use a thesaurus. If you don't have a thesaurus handy, use the wordlists
provided below to enhance your writing and/or to refresh the words you use in speaking, writing and/or teaching.
That Make Your
Christian writer takes control of their writing process by maintaining a Creativity Notebook--a useful and inspiring creativity tool. It is
an interactive guide: you can talk to it, be stimulated by it, ponder issues within its pages, record experiences for future reference,
and finally have a place to keep those information tidbits that pertain to the words you use. Read more about the CW's Creativity
To aid with understanding the language used by the Christian writing community, there is the WordArtists'
Christian Writer's Glossary. A Christian writer needs to understand both the technical terms used by the
publishing industry, as well as the non-standard and colloquial language-variation of words common to Bible
subject-matter-experts. The Christian Writer's Glossary provides broad and accurate definitions of words
frequently used by Christian writers so that the writer’s work can be clearly and appropriately presented to all
readers, and is in agreement with the work of others.