Category Archives: Meeting Summaries

Writer’s Meeting June 26, 2021

Our second meeting, though we only had two attending, turned out well. God met with us and did some healing work in our hearts and minds. We discussed the Christian writer is a Christian and all of our writing endeavors are worship before God. We also discussed various purposes for our Christian writing including, but not limited to, sharing the gospel, sharing testimonies of work God has done in our lives, and encouraging others.

We also reviewed choosing specific words over general words. We discussed how you can bring the five senses (sight, smell, hearing, taste, touch) into your writing to add life and variety to it.

In our discussion of improving our word choices, we also discussed using adjectives sparingly and not loosing our readers in too much description. A writer can often cause the reader to lose track of the story line if they put in too many descriptive words.

A handout was given out discussing the responsibilities writers have when making word choices. Words can be powerful and dangerous when used in the wrong context by the wrong person. Anger, malice, and mob mentality can be sparked by choosing the wrong, exceptionally intense words. Expressing opinion should be done with carefully planned word choices to avoid creating or encouraging angry people to do bad things. We have all witnessed, on television or in real life, how an emotionally charged speaker can stir up anger in a crowd, often resulting in violence and even death. As Christian writers we need to make responsible word choices.

Writers’ Meeting June 12, 2021

Our North Idaho Christian Writers Meeting on June 12th was a success. We had four writers attend, some from our gatherings before Covid-19 shut down the library meeting rooms, and some new people.

We began the meeting with prayer and introductions. We proceeded to discuss the definition of a Christian writer. We also talked about the purposes God has for us as His Ambassadors.

We also talked about “choosing words that sing” in our writing pieces and saw some poetry that provided examples. We spoke about general words, their interpretation, and the benefit of choosing specific words instead of general words.

Meeting 1-A-Jan. 11, 2020

On January 11, 2020, we had the first meeting of North Idaho Christian Writers. Even with about 8 inches of new snow, we had four people, including myself, attend the meeting. I began the meeting with prayer, then introduced myself. Two handouts “Member’s Information Sheet” and “About Robin” were passed out. Those attending the meeting were asked to fill out and return the Member’s Information Sheet.” Introductions were made.

After the introductions, our group went over the Goals, Rules, and Vision for North Idaho Christian Writers. Eventually I hope to add these to this website. Following the information on North Idaho Christian Writers we did an activity called General Words, Interpretation, and Specific Words. It sounds complicated but it was a lesson on choosing words for our writing.

For the activity I made a worksheet with three columns: General Word (s), Interpretation, and Specific Words. I listed General words in the first column and we used those words to fill out columns two and three. For example, the first General Word was “Dog.” I asked each person what thought/picture came into their mind when they heard the word “Dog.” That thought/picture is what they listed under interpretation. Each person had a different interpretation of the word. An example might be “puppy” or “poodle.” Some people had their feelings about “dogs” come out, such as cute, warm, fuzzy, etc. Then they had to determine which breed of dog brought forth that emotional response.

Then each person had to check to see if they had a specific word (which would create imagery in the reader’s mind). For example, “puppy” would need to be a collie or specific breed of puppy. By using the word “puppy” by itself, the reader can insert their own meaning or vision into your writing. By writing the words “collie puppy,” the writer gives the reader a clearer image of the specific dog he/she is writing about. It was fun to see the wide variety of responses to each individual word.

Following the word activity, we took a short break. Then we went over two mini-readings I put together with information from the book An Introduction to Christian Writing, 2nd. Edition, by Ethel Herr. These were entitled “Wanna-be, Would-be, and Already-be Writers” and “What is a writer?”

After the mini-readings, we did another worksheet activity where we practiced choosing words that added clarity, color, and senses to our writing. We used some words such as fruit, lasagna and pizza. By the end of the activity we were getting hungry.

I wrapped up the meeting by thanking the people who came, reminding them of our next meeting, and asking if they had any comments or questions. Our meeting did run over the scheduled time but I will keep a closer eye on the clock next time. As far as I know those who attended learned something and enjoyed the meeting as well. Praise God!