“Let your words change them. Don’t change your words to suit them.” Jeremiah 15:20
In the process of publishing my first article in Guideposts Magazine, it didn’t take long to understand my words could be changed–and in most cases, for the better. As a participant in the 2006 Guideposts Writer’s Workshop, I sat among my critique group, which included my newly-appointed editor and four other contest winners.
During our daily sessions, we took turns picking apart each other’s prize-winning manuscripts. While examining my work, at the paragraph about how I prepared for a date with my husband, my editor said, “You don’t apply makeup, you put it on.” I thought, Well, you’ve never watched me get ready for the day–an application process for sure.
I accept that my writing style (my voice) will not please all editors, nor perhaps some of my readers. And, that’s okay. I’m not out to impress anyone and to become someone I’m not. I write from the heart to share a message–the same one Jeremiah wrote about in the Old Testament: Life is a daily challenge to please God, not man.
Lord, let the words I write give inspiration to the readers. Amen.