Writing a Commentary?

Here’s an article with helpful information.

As I’ve shared in the past, most of my writing falls in the category of devotional or pastoral commentary. Between writing 250-word devotionals, lengthy expositional essays, and sermon manuscripts, I spend a large amount of time with my nose in God’s Word. This has led me to consider writing a practical Bible commentary series. (It’s an idea I’m working with a professional writing coach.)

Writing a commentary series is a huge undertaking. Just knowing where to start is mindboggling. I found helpful article at the Haddington House Journal by Allan Harman called Reflections on Writing Bible Commentaries. So, I wanted to share it with you. Let me know what you think in comments section.

Showing Up

“I write when I’m inspired, and I see to it that I’m inspired at nine o’clock every morning. ”

Peter De Vries

How many times have I wanted to feel inspired? Inspiration is allusive and fickle. Instead of waiting for it to come, it’s best to plop into my writing chair and put pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard). I may wrestle to find the words, but if I am persistent, they’ll come. They may come kicking and screaming, but they’ll come.

I’ve learned, like Peter De Vries, many times inspiration follows perspiration. It’s great when the feeling of inspiration hits and you hammer out hundreds, if not thousands, of words. However, for me, I’ve learned it’s rare. And I know I’m not alone. If you want to write, the only way is to show up! Whether you feel like it doesn’t matter.

Do you struggle to show up? How do you overcome the temptation to procrastinate? I’d like to hear your solutions in the comments.

Sweating to keep the streak alive!

I’m sweating as I type this. Hopefully, the small air conditioning unit will dispel this South Georgia heat from my writing nook in my wife’s photography studio. It’s hot. We’ve hit triple digits over the past week on multiple occasions. I think I know how candles feel when they melt.

Why am I here sweating? Well, the story goes like this.

A few minutes ago, I poured a cup of coffee, grabbed my laptop, and headed to my bedroom. (Did I mention it was air-conditioned?) Glancing at the clock, it was a few minutes before 10 p.m. Two hours to keep the streak alive. That’s plenty of time to write and post something on my blog.

I settled into the comfy chair in the corner to write. (I’m not sure, but did I mention the temperature was nice there?) I turned on my laptop and then it happened. My computer began an update. Why?!? It was overdue, but I didn’t have time for it! I needed to post, so I rushed to my desktop in the studio. (Did I mention the air was not on and it’s an enormous space to cool down?)

Here I am losing massive amounts of fluids, so I can say I posted today. It may seem silly to some, but I made a commitment last week to post daily. I’ve struggled with consistency with my writing over the years and there is only one remedy. Write. At the moment, it is sweat and write. But I think it’s worth it to keep the streak alive.

Have you ever struggled with consistency in an area? What were you willing to endure to push forward? Let me know in the comments section.