Want to be inspired? Listen to an inspiring writer speak.

Last night, I invited the president of the college where I teach to speak about his weekly column in the local paper. WOW.

After years of writing sermons and weekly Bible studies, Dr. Meyer shared with us that his column is a work of commitment, discipline, creativity, and passionate curiosity. At this point, he has written for more than 365 weeks of "Think About It" and is considering a book with a page for each day. Each year, he publishes a collection of the articles for the year. Each student received one for the 2008 year last night.

Dr. Meyer is not a large man in stature but his interest in the world and intensity for life were bigger than the room last night. He shared both scriptural quotes and ones he appreciated from inspiring authors.

Some of the quotes included:

"If you read good books, when you write, good books will come out of you." Natalie Goldberg

""Who am I writing for?" & "Decide what you want to do. Then decide to do it. Then do it." (Get on the plane.) William Zinsser

"We are writers and we never ask one (an)other where we get our ideas; we know we don't know." Stephen King.

Dr. Meyer also shared how he writes in spare moments, how writing plays into both his personal and work life regularly and how he uses his love of photography to compliment his work.

Judges 19:30 says "Everyone who saw it said, 'Such a thing has never been seen or done, not since the day the Israelites came up out of Egypt. Think about it! Consider it! Tell us what to do!' "

In the same way, Dr. Meyer uses his local column to encourage people to stop, consider, think and ask more questions. He encourages creativity in a godly way that I found truly inspiring.

His four questions we discussed included:

What About Intent?

What About Content?

What About Process?

What About Improvement?

With each point, Dr. Meyer shared stories from his own writing life and inspired students (and ME) to consider each step of the process and be open and transparent with others.

Excellent!

Comments

  1. cheryllaplante2002@yahoo.com says:

    Nice. Life is such a great adventure. Challenges is in what we don’t know and another view to help us grow and see.

    Life is a great adventure.
    Love Cheryl

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