5 Kinds Of Christian Writers


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There are different kinds of writers. But I didn't know that when I discovered my love for writing in Year 8 and failed woefully.

I was either ten or eleven. My imagination was very active.

I daydreamed of a tribe that could make anything from grass, and I wrote about them driving their grass cars around the world.

Someone read my stories and told me to concentrate in English class to become a better writer.

I focused on English and my marks went off the roof.  Narrative essays became my best friends.

My imagination grew wilder. Papers of different stories filled my room. I was officially grass-drunk.

Then, I got into Year 9 and started reading Shakespeare.

Shakespeare was very unfair to me.

The 16th/17th century language made my eyes droop.  His iambic pentameter was a jaw closing in on my throat. The long assignments to explain literary terms were like marathon races that never ended.

My English class had transformed from a feast of sugary heaven to a mouthful of sour mud.

Soon, my grass town disappeared from my imagination. If I couldn’t read Shakespeare or write about his literary terms, I won’t be a good writer.

I was wrong.

There are different kinds of writers. The romantic writers, the grass-drunk writers and the Shakespeare-literary-term writers can all be accommodated.

This is also true for Christian writers. There are different types of Christian writings and writers to match them. They are:

  1. The story teller 
  2. The motivator
  3. The fun/entertainment writer 
  4. The instructor 
  5. The academic/scholarly writer

THE STORY TELLER:

This is the grass-drunk writer, my dear. Her imagination is strong and it shows. Her stories are the thread she uses to weave her messages together.

When she writes, she uses:
  • Stories of herself 
  • Stories of others
  • Imaginary stories or fiction

Jesus used parables or stories to preach some of his messages. Lots of writers in the Bible were also story tellers.

Genesis to Revelation is filled with several stories woven into one – the story of God’s love for mankind and how He has redeemed man from sin and its consequences.

I am in the story telling category. I love you Miss Grass-Drunk Writer. Oh yeah, that's me.

THE MOTIVATOR:

Male preacher motivating his audience
This is the cheer leader writer. His writing encourages you  to win. He is the writer-politician.

Have you ever heard politicians talk when they want you to vote for them? They will make good motivational writers.

Paul’s epistles to the churches and John’s letters are mainly in this category.

Examples are 1st John 4v4, "Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world" and Philippians 4v13, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me".

They encourage you to live a better life and tell you who you are in Christ.

Paul’s style was awesome because:
  • He pointed out what was wrong 
  • He argued his point to show the church a higher level of living in Christ
  • He let you know what to do to get better

Most bloggers are also motivators.

The blogosphere is a huge personal development and self-help environment. You want to help yourself with your health, blog, career, spiritual life, and others; the internet has it all for you.

While I’m basically into story writing, I’ve written a few motivational articles. I am both.

THE FUN/ENTERTAINMENT WRITER:

Fun woman listening to music on headphone and winking


This writer’s purpose is to entertain. She might use stories, cartoons, doodles, movies, podcasts, poems, music, or jokes to delight her audience.

Sometimes, she’s seen as a story teller but they’re not the same.

The major purpose of a story teller is to use her stories to convey a message or worship God. The entertainment writer’s main goal is to make her audience have fun.

Usually most Christian writers mix the two, but sometimes that doesn’t happen.

THE INSTRUCTOR:

The instructor tells you what to do. He tells you how to live your life and follow the principles of God.

Paul’s letter to individuals like Timothy and Titus were instructional.

Many pastors write instructional books. They tell you how to overcome depression, how to live a successful Christian life and how to uphold the Word of God.

Instructions help you know how to live a complete and satisfying life.

THE ACADEMIC/SCHOLARLY WRITER:

This writer is my friend. He writes Shakespeare’s literary terms, and uses high-sounding words with intricately constructed professor-like messages.

It’s like he’s at the top of Mount Everest looking down on me and saying, “you had better come up here and learn my Shakespearic language or else…”

Ok. Fine.

I know that academic writing can be beautiful.

It helps us have a deeper understanding of the Bible.

We won’t have Bible commentaries, detailed Bible translations, or an explanation of the original Greek and Hebrew rendering of the Bible without it.

It improved my writing and gave it a better structure.

But I believe you can write anything and prove your point without making it academic.

So my friend, the scholarly writer is moving into the ex-friend status. I write whatever I want.


What kind of writer are you? What type of writing would you like to do? Let me know in the comments.

But hold on. What if you don’t know where your writing shines the most. There’s a simple way to determine the kind of writer you are.

Ask God and He’ll show you.

Or you can write a few articles. Which one makes your heart beat in excitement? Which one makes you smile all day? Which one do people complement you for?

It could be one or it could be a combination. I am a combination.

The beautiful thing is that with God, you can be any kind of writer you want.  He can shape your writing and give you supernatural knowledge.

And when you’re done finding out, go ahead and write that stuff the Holy Spirit has been telling you to. After that, you should choose a platform to grow your writing career.


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