It’s Day 17 of 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes, and today we’re writing on the prompt, PAUSE.
One of the easiest ways to regret publishing something is to rush into it.
I’ve complained many times about how long my book publishing process took overall, but deep down I’m grateful to have had as much time as I did to let the content simmer and marinate so I was really sure that’s what I wanted to include.
Particularly when your story includes other people, it’s very important to take your time. Don’t hurry to publish. Hurry to write, yes — but don’t rush to make it public.
If you have any reservations at all, ask a few close friends or a mentor figure in your life to read what you’ve written and give honest feedback. Take their response seriously and be willing to make adjustments if necessary. Better to err on the side of caution and humility when writing about others, right?
So as you prepare to share your story, pause first. Pray some more. Listen for the Lord’s direction. Get input from a couple of friends.
Most of all, don’t be hasty.
Press “pause” before “publish.”
Re-read your work—more than once.
And as we’ve continued to say throughout this series, trust the Lord with your story—the content, the timing, the audience, the reception—all of it.
Ultimately it’s in His hands; your job is to be obedient.
by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk
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