"If you write from the heart, you will touch other hearts."
I thought it rather brilliant and have never forgotten those words given to me in all sincerity.
When I first started writing I heard so much about making sure I find my voice. Learning my style, my approach, my purpose. Of course I floundered a little wondering why God gave me a passion to write. Why couldn't He have given me a less complicated gift? But I carried on. I read. I put words on paper. I entered contests. I sought out assignments. Sometimes I messed up.
"Don't try to impart a lesson so obviously," was one response to a story I submitted to a children's magazine.
"Keep your words real and believable," was another appreciated comment.
"Find out your true voice and stick to it. Don't copy any one else's style. Write naturally. Write honestly." More advice.
So when I was invited to write my weekly Sugar and Spice column in
The best compliments were when readers would say, "Oh, I so know what you are talking about. That happened to me."
"I relate so much to your words. Thanks for saying that."
" That was hilarious. It's like I was there."
Even to this day, though, when I ponder how to approach and write something, I think about my Sugar and Spice column. Sugar and Spice Heart Writing comes the easiest to me. I thank God for the eleven year tutorial. What can I say? Slow learner!
God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts.
Use them well to serve one another. 1 Peter 4:10