If you have wanted to write but been afraid to try, you should read For the Write Reason, edited by Marybeth Whalen. The book contains thirty-one accounts, some in the first person and others in the third, of how Christians have become writers. Some have always wanted to write; others never wanted to write but found it strengthened their ministry. The people profiled include Rebecca Barlow Jordan, Mary DeMuth, Mary Southerland, Sharon Jaynes, Athena Deane, Thelma Wells, Kendra Smiley, Denny Boultinghouse, Rachel Scott, and Sally E. Stuart--a name familiar to most Christian writers.
Not only do they tell their stories, but many include tips on getting published or writing better, making this a valuable book for writers who are already published. They also share a vision on the importance of spiritual priorities, such as the family, service, and humility.
Each short chapter includes follow-up information on the author, editor, or agent, along with a devotional and a writing challenge. The devotionals deal with obedience, jealousy, priorities, and other subjects as they affect our writing. Most are thought provoking, some encouraging, others convicting. The writing challenges supplement the devotionals and would not take large amounts of time.
Whalen includes helpful appendices on writing a book proposal and bio sheet, marketing your writing, and useful writing resources.
Writing styles vary with the writer, but most are warm, encouraging, and friendly. I highly recommend For the Write Reason, which offers something for almost every writer, especially the beginner. -- Debbie W. Wilson, Christian Book Previews.com
Using the personal stories of successful Christian writers, agents and editors, “For the Write Reason” helps writers of all levels learn from the experience of "insiders" in Christian publishing. The coordinating Bible study allows readers to delve into God's call on their own lives. Through this unique blend of encouraging words, advice and digging into God's word, writers are able to determine God's direction for their writing.
The book features well-known contributors:
Janet Kobobel Grant
Rebecca Barlow Jordan
Eva Marie Everson
Through this book, you will discover:
How other writers got their start
The “secret” of their success
What inspires them to write
Where their ideas come from
How to deal with rejection
How God miraculously opens doors
Insight into what a life of ministry is really like
How to manage family and writing
How to maintain the proper perspective
Tips on getting published
Expert advice from agents and editors Informative appendices for writers and speakers
Bible study uniquely geared towards writers