A tall, cool drink for your pen

Are you a writer?

If so, why do you move your pen?

Why do you bother spending time flitting your fingers across the keys of your hot-bellied laptop?

Is it for fortune?


Or is it because words save your life

Everyone thirsts for something. The first thing we do after we breathe our first breath is cry for a drink to soothe, quench and fill our parched weariness.

You, God, are my God,
earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
where there is no water.
~Psalm 63:1

As writers, we know words can do the same thing for the soul water does for the body. And so it makes sense God has always used words to pull his people together–and in some cases–pull them apart, rending places within us too-long hidden and afraid.

Allowing God to use your pen for Him is no small thing. The world may say it’s vain, takes up too much time, doesn’t matter and it’s futile. But if God put a burning in your heart to share words of hope, He intends for you to keep that desire aflame. 

Reddening the embers of writing passion is no small thing, either, and requires strength, dedication, patience, stamina, character, talent and humility. Thanks to todays technology, you can find resources to help you develop those qualities daily in hundreds of thousands of online writing communities, the newest of which is from those of us (including myself) represented by WordServe Literary .

Led by agents Rachelle Gardner and Greg Johnson, WordServe clients invite you today to join in valuable conversations about writing, publishing and the community of grace which often surrounds our journeys. The new blog, called the WordServe Water Cooler debuts  with our first post, “Tips for Landing an Agent.” 

The craft of writing, though often solitary, requires a unique level of community and camaraderie, in which I’m grateful to participate. Though I have yet to publish an actual book, the expertise, advice and friendship I’ve gained through the incredible clients of WordServe consistently morphs my writing to new and better levels.

So come visit the WordServe Water Cooler, and find ways to drink your fill of craft and soul-quenching writing and publishing information. Posts appear every weekday, and we can’t wait to learn more about you!

So tell me now, what’s your pen scratching out these days?

5 thoughts on “A tall, cool drink for your pen

  1. Amy, one of the things I’m thankful for is connecting with you! You’re writing always refreshes me.
    Thanks to a deadline from my publisher, I’ve set aside my pen and am using a special pencil (no lie!) to work through the second round of edits on my debut novel. (Yeah, it is fun to write those words.) My fingers are itching to get back to upending the lives of the characters in book two, but they get a bit more down time while I deal with typos and tweaking.

    1. Beth, I totally wrote my entire novel longhand in pencil, too! I get stuck when I try to write deeply on the computer. Now I hand write all my columns, too.

      Separated at birth, I tell you! 🙂

  2. Great post, Amy! I must admit, I love writing longhand, as well – especially during research for a writing project. 🙂

  3. Amy, you did such a great job of introducing the WordServe Water Cooler blog. I love how you integrated our header into your post.

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