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Saturday, October 31, 2009


As we begin NaNoWriMo, at midnight tonight, each of us looks within ourselves for inspiration. We are not just writing to write, we are writing with a purpose.

“Winning” is not the only goal. Chariots of Fire is my inspiration for this race. There were so many incredible lines in this movie, and for your encouragement I am quoting some here.

“You came to see a race today. To see someone win. It happened to be me. But I want you to do more than just watch a race. I want you to take part in it. I want to compare faith to running in a race. It's hard. It requires concentration of will, energy of soul. You experience elation when the winner breaks the tape - especially if you've got a bet on it. But how long does that last? You go home. Maybe your dinner's burnt. Maybe you haven't got a job. So who am I to say, "Believe, have faith," in the face of life's realities? I would like to give you something more permanent, but I can only point the way. I have no formula for winning the race. Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within. Jesus said, "Behold, the Kingdom of God is within you. If with all your hearts, you truly seek me, you shall ever surely find me." If you commit yourself to the love of Christ, then that is how you run a straight race.” Eric Liddell

One of my favorite lines, spoken by Eric Liddell, at a critical point in his life. “I believe God made me for a purpose, but he also made me fast. And when I run I feel His pleasure.”

I rewrite this for all you writers who are writing for God: “I believe God made us for a purpose, but he also made us writers. And when we write we feel His pleasure.”

 May this year’s NaNo be more than a challenge to produce 50,000 words in 30 days but may you grow closer to God as He speaks through you, onto the screens of your computer, the words that would give Him pleasure, knowing that the world will someday read them.


Cindy said...

That was a very inspirational post! Thanks for those words. NaNo is a challenge in many ways, but to able to grow closer to God in the process will be the best way to win this race.

Eileen Astels Watson said...

I say AMEN to that. A closer walk with Thee is always at the top of my list as I write. He teaches me so much through the stories he places on my heart. We are blessed to write, for sure!

Christina Berry said...

When we stretch ourselves is most often we when remember to turn to Him!

Neat comment on Camy's blog, and enjoy your 50,000 words this month! :D

Need More Words said...

Cindy, Eileen and Christina,
Yesterday was a great first day for NaNo. Was able to join over 20 other writers for an all day write-in. I started writing about 12:00 and I left about 8pm. Spent time visiting with friends and seeking advise when I got stuck, that makes working with a group fun but maybe you don't always get the concentration. Got in 4,500 words on the first day so that makes me happy.
Blessings to you all.

Tamika: said...

Lovely post! I needed this today, and I will carry it with me tomorrow.

I do feel the pleasure of God when I am doing the things He has called me to do. The best confirmation is His presence.

Thank you for this encouragement!

Need More Words said...

Tamika, I am glad my writing could be an encouragement to you. We never can have too much of it and blogging gives us each the opportunity to reach people we would never know any other way.

Nishant said...

but to able to grow closer to God in the process will be the best way to win this race.

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