Writing and the Principles of Sowing and Reaping

by Sarah Tun

We reap what we sow. Isn’t that right?
So here’s how I encourage us all, myself included, to pour into Authors Community in order to reap what we need from it.
Writing is, generally speaking, a solitary experience. Here at Authors Community, we are a collective of individuals, accustomed to working primarily alone, but learning to tap into the blessing we can receive by connecting with others.
Let’s pursue that diligently, and earnestly this week, in three steps.
  1. Consider: “Why did I join?” Perhaps it was to network, or to get writing or marketing tips. Perhaps because you know someone involved, you decided to join because of his or her endorsement. Certainly, that’s what got me started! Or perhaps you’re not quite sure why you’d join, but you were hopeful Authors Community would give something to your career that you need. If you’ve received, will you share about it? If you haven’t, could it be because you’ve not sown into it?
  2. Once you have an idea of why you joined, how about making a contribution of your time (and wordsmith gift) by posting a blog post about your aims, frustrations, successes, challenges… or confirmation that you are quite simply on the course or road the LORD has put you on and now, step-by-step, you’re discovering your destiny (you can send it if you’re not sure where to post email it to me, Sarah, or send it to Gina).
  3. Can’t think of what to share? Can you ask your questions on the Forum, or offer an answer to someone else’s question? By the way: What is the Forum? It is the chat room or discussion place on the Authors Community site where you can air your concerns, queries, and questions about your work or life as a writer, and all its nuances.
When we get involved, we are sowing into our work and that of others. Then we will reap — receive, benefit, harvest from that involvement.
Soon we will start a regular live face-face-to-face group meeting as part of the Forum. We’ll meet to discuss a particular topic posted in advance or several; we can pray into the industry and share our experiences so that others can benefit and be encouraged.
Difficulties are just as valuable as achievements and breakthroughs. But we need a congregation (for lack of a better word) which meets to bring together all of our experiences and makes us a stronger, more connected group. AC is not just for today, but for the future… a future where many obstacles should be faced and overcome. Together we’re stronger. Let’s sow so we can reap all that the Father has for us. He doesn’t work alone, and neither should we 🙂
GOD BLESS the work of your hands…



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9 thoughts on “Writing and the Principles of Sowing and Reaping”

    1. Oh I’m sorry, Joanna.
      I think when you boil it all down, I’m sharing my view that what we put into our writing, we get out.
      What we offer to others, we are given in return.
      So, I’m hoping others won’t feel discouraged when, from time to time, when their sales are down or their efforts seem greater than their achievements. When we try, we grow. That’s how I see it anyway.
      Bless you.

  1. Joanna, I take it you believe the post is a bit like an elephant and too big to consume at one setting?

    Perhaps, if we took one paragraph at a time and discussed? Or maybe just one point at a time?

    What drew you to Authors Community? I don’t mean why you visited the first time, but what intrigued you enough to come back to the site, or to subscribe to the blog?

    My particular goal is to help authors overcome obstacles to their writing, to help them become better writers. What might your goal be?

    1. And I hope that is what you are finding.
      Just like we go out for a walk to get exercise, as we reach out to others, we’ll find friends, colleagues, who will inspire us, and we will inspire them too.

    In this article, it was suggested that authors and writers might share some things, like aims, challenges and even successes in their writing right now. That article touched me. I was going over my afternoon batch of correspondence and came upon this one. I couldn’t just turn away from it.

    Looking back over my own life there have been times which became huge turning points, and they didn’t look that dangerous or that awe inspiring in the complexity of what I was planning to do “right then.”

    A short while ago someone shared a note to me that said, in simple words, “Go over and look at the Internet Archive, they are releasing some neat things which just became under public domain since the copyright was finally considered legally gone. They all were works which were from the Year 1923. At first, I didn’t even go over there. But the note to me mentioned the work of Robert Frost. I am a very great admirer and can still quote some of his work I learned as a child long ago.

    So, I went over there and just love it. That person who said, take a look to me brought me in mind to something I did when I was in my twenties. I helped haul hay and I helped plant and keep a five-acre garden. I canned. I culled peas, things like that.
    What in the world does this have to do with writing? Well I always wanted to write and so the first thing I tried to write was a poem and was so excited when it was published in a local newspaper.

    I wrote songs which were never sung though except by me in the privacy of my home or sometimes in various churches.

    A book I found on the archive lovely site is “Famous Hymns: with Stories and Pictures by Elizabeth Hubbard Bonsall. The Union Press. Philadelphia. 1923.

    You can download this, free, and if you ever tried to remember an old hymn and sing it, this has many of those old treasures with a lot of illustrations, beautiful also.

    “Abide with me” and “Work for the Night is Coming,” oh! There are so many!

    So, in answer to do I believe in, “We reap what we sow”, yes, I believe it.

    My aims for this year of writing are simpler than they used to be. I want to write real, less fantasy, but when I do write fantasy (my favorite other than cookbooks) I want to learn from the old masters. Like painting, there are old masters in writing also.

    This has been a harder challenge already since I lost people dear to me and first had to put that on the shelf for a while. Writing is intense and grief for a loved one is also. Of successes, only time will tell, but I feel the true treasure is when like minds get together and share insight and love. Thank you.

    Romance Novelist Anna Patterson

    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Anna.

      One of the many things we connect with is, “I wrote songs which were never sung though except by me in the privacy of my home or sometimes in various churches.”

      I’ve been a worship leader and for a season wrote songs few others sang, except occasionally I’d use them for a service.

      The Father gives us ideas, songs, stories, etc because He delights in our creating them and sometimes we are sharing them with him, whether we know it or not.

      Thank you for sharing:) All the best with your writing this year. I have the sense we all need to transcribe what we’re given with some urgency.

      Shalom and God bless,

  3. Well, this is interesting. I like how you’ve put it here, that we only reap what we sow and that goes for connections. I joined for the inspirational blog posts. I love Gina’s writing style. However, I could do better making more author connections. I do feel the solitary nature of writing can make me feel like I’m on an island.

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