Sherrinda, spiritual, words, writing

Your Words: In Life, In Writing

During our family devotional last night, we continued our reading of Proverbs. Here’s the verse that hit me…Proverbs 3:19,20…By wisdom the LORD laid the earth’s foundations, by understanding he set the heavens in place; by his knowledge the deeps were divided, and the clouds let drop the dew. This is talking about the creation of the world.


In John 1:1, creation began with the Word (logos). This Word is so interesting in that  it means: collecting or collection both of things in the mind, and of words by which they are expressed. (http://www.bible-researcher.com/logos.html

The Word is more than the the words expressed to create life. It is the essence of who God is. It is His thoughts, His wisdom, His understanding, His knowledge that set creation in motion. It is the inner God expressed in outer words that made the heavens and the earth.

This truth has meaning for us in: 

Life: You are what you think. Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Matthew 12:34) The words we speak tell others who we are. It is what is deep within our heart, what we let our minds dwell on, that comes out in the words we say. If we are full of bitterness and negativity, then the words we speak will most likely be negative and caustic.

The words you speak are a witness to who you are and whose you are. The words you speak are a witness to the light or darkness inside you. As Christ followers, our words should express our freedom in Him. They should be full of joy and light and healing, so that others may hear and hunger after what is deep within us…Christ.

Writing: When we write our stories, we are not just spinning tales of entertainment. These stories come from deep insides us…from our wisdom, from our understanding, from our knowledge. Our stories come from who we are…our beliefs, our experiences, our successes, and our failures. All these things weave together to form our very essence, and from them come the stories we write. True, our stories may entertain, but they will carry truths that come from who we are…our very essence expressed in words.

What are the words that you are speaking? What truths are you sharing with the world, either through the words you speak or your writing?

words, writing, writing books

What Is Your WPH? (words per hour)

I’ve been reading From The Inside…Out – discover…create…and publish the novel in you! by Susan May Warren & Rachel Hauck, hoping that I will grasp the whole writing thing before NaNoWriMo next week. May I just say that this workbook is FABULOUS! I think what I like about it is that she takes you through a journey of questions to help you discover what you need to know your characters and plot your book. The questions get you thinking and spur the imagination. Perfect for a beginner writer like me.

Now, she wrote something that kinda floored me, and I wanted to know what your experience is. Here it is:

Let’s assume you have 12 weeks to write a 30-chapter book, with approximately 3000 words per chapter. That’s 1500 words per scene. That’s thirty minutes a page.

Granted, she said not everyone will write at that pace. Some may be faster, some may be slower. I know there are people on Twitter who do the 1000 words per hour challenge and are successful at it (search #1k1hr on Twitter to see who’s doing it). But I want to know what YOU do. What is your usual verbiage per hour? What is your WPM?

clouds, words

Clouds and Wordles For Editing

I have a confession. I love words and I have an obsession with word clouds. I love the different sizes, the different fonts, the varying thickness of words mixed in. I love the glorious display of color and the creative picture it delivers.

What really fascinates me about word clouds is the way important words are exaggerated. The more a word is used in a document, the bigger it shows in the cloud. You are able to “see” what value an author places on a word.

As I am editing my book, I wondered if a word cloud would show me what words I use the most. What if my most used word is an adverb….like (gasp) an ‘ly’ word? What if the word ‘said’ showed up? That would mean I need more action tags instead of dialogue tags. This could be a useful tool, don’t you think?

So, here is my Wordle of the current book I am editing. You can make your own Wordle HERE.

Well, you can see my main characters’ names, for sure, which is okay, but there are words such as FELT, ASKED, JUST, KNEW, JUST, BEGAN, NEED, and SAW. Those words may not be bad, per se, but for it to show up in a Wordle means they were used a lot. I can see I need to do a ‘search” in Word for these particular words and see if I can use stronger  and more meaningful words. Isn’t that a cool tool?

Just for fun, I made a Tweet Cloud. I found this fun ap through CJ’s blog. You can certainly see what I like to tweet about.

Fun, huh? I thought it really interesting that the words Kids, Hate, and Love were all close together at the end.    No, I do not hate my kids. I love, love, love them to pieces. What surprises me most about this cloud is that the term Cranky Pants isn’t in it. 😉
What do you think your CLOUDS would say?