Storytelling is active. It’s something all people do: it’s in our DNA. Pilgrim hears others’ stories and tells his own to anyone who will listen. The compulsion to share stories is what we writers have in common. It drives us to think, remember details, write, and get stories out to others.
||September 19, 2018
||Storytelling: The Pilgrim Journey
Thoughts for the journey: pray, prepare, proceed, and practice.
On the journey, Pilgrim takes time to pray, especially after a few hasty decisions put him in harm’s way. Having been instructed, he prepares for future challenges in conversations with fellow travelers, discussing ideas and bringing up Scriptures to keep their focus on God’s truth. Rehearsing these verses during the journey helps Christian and his friends practice telling their story and God’s role in it.
The calendar tells us that it’s time for the seasons to change again. Still, beyond winter, spring, summer, and fall, we experience other seasons, too. We move through seasons of life as we parent babies and teenagers, experience empty nests, and become caregivers for our own parents. Writing adds another layer to already full lives. So […]
The Conference Is Still On!
The conference is still on, and there’s still time to register! Friday’s weather is expected to be sunny, and although there’s a chance of a thunderstorm on Saturday, we don’t anticipate any weather problems interfering with the conference.
If you’d like a more detailed look at the weather, feel free to check the forecast for Tigerville, SC.
Looking forward to seeing everyone in three days at Write2Ignite 2018!
Each new obstacle Pilgrim overcomes adds a chapter to the story he can tell to those he meets. Challenges, especially in areas where cresting rivers and floods are barriers, lead to stories as residents and helpers work to clear away debris, repair damage to roads and buildings, and deal with losses. In the process, God’s promise to comfort those who mourn brings a vision of restoration: “To give them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they may be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.” (Isaiah 61:3, NKJV)
In communities where downed trees and heavy spirits make joy seem impossible, God is planting in the lives of people who follow Him, to make them as majestic and upright as the most beautiful trees standing. The journey—and the story—continue.
||September 18, 2018—September 25, 2018
||New chapters and more stories to share
Facing new obstacles, Pilgrim perseveres.
From a Slough of Despond to a Hill of Difficulty, from Vanity Fair to a Giant Despair, Pilgrim never knows what lies ahead on the path. Yet he keeps going, reasoning that regardless of interference from obstacles or enemies, the path he has entered through God’s call is the way to fulfillment. On the way, he becomes a strong encourager and contender for the faith, just by sharing the story of his journey.
Philippians 3:12–13a: “Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it.” (NIV)
Whether our obstacles are literal barriers like currently impassable rivers and roadways, physical conditions, other people, or our own minds and habits, pressing on through faith is the key to finding resources, taking hold of promises, and deepening relationships.
The 2018 W2I Resource Manual
Attendees of the 2018 Write2Ignite conference will receive a copy of the conference resource manual. This attractive booklet contains articles, a conference schedule, workshop descriptions, presenters’ bios, and more!
We hope you’re excited about the conference! We can’t wait to meet you and learn alongside you this weekend as we all gather strength and encouragement for the writer’s journey.