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HOW TO DEVELOP THE WRITING HABIT J.J. Turner, Ph.D. Author of How to Drop Your Excuses and Start Writing Today (amazon.com) As a writer, editor, publisher, and teacher of writing I am continually asked “How do you start writing?” Recently at a university book display a publisher “stuck a camera” in my face and asked me to share my advice on how to become a writer. When I quickly answered, “By writing one word at a time”, those gathered around the camera person, along with the camera person, either smiled or had a strange look on their faces. The camera person tried to encourage me to say more but I continued to say, “All writing begins with one word. Period!”      Here’s a rocket science observation. You can’t write the second or third word until you have written the first word. How amazing is this revelation! Try it and you’ll see I am right.      Hundreds of books, writer seminars and retreats, along with writing teachers have created a mystic or aura around what it takes to be a writer. Some of the advice and suggestions are on target and some is designed to promote and sell. You are discouraged when you hear about all the rules of grammar, syntax, spelling, word choices, etc. If you are interested in writing poetry you are given a list of dozens of acceptable poetry styles you need to master. No, I’m not opposed in pursuing academic knowledge about writing. My interest is in helping people start where it all starts after they’ve completed all the writing courses—writing one word. 12 KEYS TO DEVELOPING THE WRITING HABIT Here are 12 simple and basic keys I have discovered which help develop the writing habit. Don’t let the simplistic nature of these keys fool you. Give…

  • GOD’S PRAYER QUARTET

    INTRODUCTION: Have you ever thought of effective prayer as actually being composed of a quartet? A quartet is made up of four distinct persons. Each participant has a specific voice part to contribute to making harmony. Traditionally a quartet is composed of an Alto, Tenor, Bass, and Soprano. In the traditional Gospel Quartets and Barbershop Quartets, there is a lead singer. Because, as a rule, the human voice has a limited range, the various voice types aren’t able to successfully sing outside of their range. In order to have perfect harmony, each member of the quartet has a specific part…

  • CHRISTIANS OUGHT TO BE READERS

      J.J. Turner, Ph.D.   READ ANY GREAT BOOKS LATELY? [ ] Yes [ ] No   Years ago if I had written this article I would have titled it Christians Are Reader. My experiences now with some Christian, which include leaders and preachers, reveal a lack of reading. Talking to bookstore managers confirm that men aren’t buying books like they once did, and the books they are buying now are “fluff and puff”—shallow content. The good news is that women are buying more books, thus the rapid increase in the publishing of books designed for ladies.      Men aren’t…

  • PINOCCHIO AWARD

      In 1937 an Italian, Carlo Collodi wrote the Adventures of Pinocchio, the story of a puppet carved by the old wood-carver named Geppetto. The puppet is brought to life by the blue fairy, who promised Pinocchio he could become a real boy if he proves himself “brave, truthful and unselfish.” As he meets various characters he lies and his nose grows longer. Through the year the name Pinocchio was become synonymous with lying.      In recent years the media has created an award called the Pinocchio Award. It is awarded through checking the statements made my politicians, scientists, and…

  • 21 CHARACTERISTICS OF A CULT

    DEFINITION:      Webster: “a religion that is considered or held to be false or unorthodox, or it members.”      Theological: “In the context of traditional doctrines and practices of biblical Christianity, a cult is a group that believes and practices beliefs that are contrary to the (1) Divinity, (2) eternal existence (3)incarnation, (4) virgin birth, (4) exclusive saviorhood, death, burial, resurrection and ascension of Christ. Plus many other teachings and practices that contradict the Bible (e.g. 66 books). 21 CHARACTERISTICS OF A CULT:      A cult associated with “Christianity” may be identified, according to basic definitions, by one or more…

  • 101 Marriage Promises I dare You To Make

    If you are wearing a wedding ring or own a wedding ring, you have a continual reminder of the wedding promises you made to your spouse. Think about this fact!   The wedding vows you swore when you married, if they were the traditional ones, had these sobering words: For better, for worse; for richer, for poorer; in sickness and in health… until death parts us. These vows made it clear that there may be some challenges ahead in your marriage. But for some reason you may seem surprised to discover the vows are prophetic. Wedding vows do come true! You…

  • EDUCATION CAPITAL

    When most people hear the word capital they think of investing in gold, silver, shares of stock, investments in company's startups, and so forth. These are some of the various ways of gaining assets that yield rewards and income over a period of time; usually over a long period of time. There are, however, other forms of capital that a person may invest in and gain continual assets. Education is one of these capitals. Time, effort and money spent in educational pursuits are investments in human capital. Investment in educational capital will never result in a loss. You cannot be…

  • CHRISTIANS AND VOTING

    Growing up I constantly heard that there were two things you didn’t engage persons in conversations about, religion and politics. Why? Most conversations in these two areas, especially politics, gender strife, disagreement, and categorizing.      For the past year, starting in 2015, our nation has been engaged in one of the most heated and contentious discussion and debate about Presidential candidates, in modern times. During this time 20-25 persons, from major parties, were seeking the highest office of the land. That number has dwindled down, as of March 31, 2016 to five. During this time numerous media forums misnamed “debates”…

  • SATAN NEVER MISSES A CHURCH MEETING

    Few Scriptures are quoted and written about in congregations more than Hebrews 10:24, 25: “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, NOT FORSAKING THE ASSEMBLING of ourselves together, as the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching.”    These two verses, especially verse 25, are used to remind Christians that the assembly of the congregation is very important. You don’t want to miss it. In fact it has been used to shame, intimidate, encourage, and even dis-fellowship members who don’t regularly…

  • IT’S NOT OVER UNTIL WE GET TO HEAVEN

    One of my favorite motivational speakers is Les Brown. From all his words of wisdom and encouragement, one of my favorite sayings is, “It’s not over until I win.” This is a powerful set of words to encourage entrepreneurs, athletes, and pursuers of success in general. I am taking the liberty to change the saying to fit the context of the Christian journey. “It’s not over until we get to heaven.”      The phrase “it’s not over”, biblically speaking, refers to the daily challenges, opportunities, struggles, blessings, joy, etc. we face in everyday life. Life is not over. Every day…

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