Lancaster Christian Writers Conference 2022

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Last weekend I attended the Lancaster Christian Writers virtual conference entitled Undaunted 2022. The speakers shared much valuable information, and I enjoyed every session I attended. If you haven’t attended a writer’s conference, take the step and do so. Although virtual conferences do not allow the person-to-person interaction in person conferences do, they are still a great source of learning and growing. Today I would like to zoom in on the keynote talk, The Gifted Writer given by Bob Hostetler.  

He noted three major characteristics of Gifted Writers using the example of Moses.

Moses at the burning bush. “Take off your sandals for the place you are standing is holy ground.” Exodus 3:5. Why was it important that Moses remove his shoes? And what does that mean for us as writers. The point Mr. Hostetler made is: we as Christians need to remove anything that blocks our connection with God. Moses’s shoes were manmade, the earth and Moses’s feet were both creations of God. For us as writers, our inspiration should come from God. We must not allow anything to interfere with that connection. Whatever hinders our relationship with God must be removed. Our sins, our fears, our busyness are blocks. Shame can be a big impediment. All those negative thoughts born of Satan hinder our ability to receive inspiration from God. We think: God can’t or won’t use someone like me. I’m too defective. To be truly undaunted as a writer we must be purposeful in removing anything that acts as a barrier to our relationship with the great IAM.

Moses’s objections. Choose your hard. God answered all of Moses objections not by telling him things would not be hard, but by saying, “I will be with you through the hard work. It is hard to follow God, but it is also hard to tell him no. It is hard to lead millions out of slavery, but it is also hard to know you could have done so but chose to not. It is the same with us. Writing is hard. But not writing is also hard. Choose your hard. Hearing your writing being critiqued is hard, but not knowing your weaknesses is also hard. Choose your hard. Learning the craft is hard, but not getting better is hard too. Meeting with editors and agents and rejection is hard. But trying to write in a bubble and not moving forward is hard. Choose your hard. The writing life is not a choice between easy and hard; it is a choice between one hard and another hard. Choose your hard.

Moses’s staff. “What is that in your hand?” God asks. Of course, he knew what Moses held. The staff turned snake. But it was the thing God would use to bring about his will. Like Moses we have something in our hands. If God has planted the passion to write within you, he is able to use that which is in your hand. God takes the weakest instruments to accomplish his mightiest ends. Anything, when used of God, will do his appointed work.

I thank J.P. Robinson for all his hard work making the conference a success. I thank all the staff for their hard work and instruction. And I thank Bob Hostetler for his words of wisdom.

Author: C. S. Wachter

C. S. Wachter lives in rural Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, with her husband Joe, one German Shepherd, and three cats. She and Joe have been married for more than forty years and have three sons, one grandson and one granddaughter. Ms. Wachter earned her degree in Performing Arts and English Education from Rowan University in 1975. She compares developing a character’s perspective to preparing for an acting role. As a life-long lover of books, she has read and enjoyed a variety of genres. However, after reading J. R. R. Tolkien in middle school her favorite has been, and remains to this day, Fantasy with a Christian perspective. Published Works 2018 The Seven Words Epic Fantasy series The Sorcerer’s Bane (Indies Today 2020 award winner in Religion) The Light Arises The Deceit of Darkness The Light Unbound 2019 Demon’s Legacy: A Worlds of Ochen Short Story (based on The Seven Words series) A Weight of Reckoning (sequel to The Seven Words series) 2020 Stone Sovereigns YA Fantasy duology Lander’s Legacy Lander’s Choice. Various Flash Fiction pieces for Havok and in their anthology Stories That Sing Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cswachter/ Website: https://cswachter.com/ Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/17719497.C_S_Wachter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ch.ris8443 Twitter: https://twitter.com/CSWachter1 Amazon Author Page: https://www.amazon.com/C.-S.-Wachter/e/B079Y2R2PJ/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1545059479&sr=1-2-ent MeWe: https://mewe.com/i/chriswachter

One thought on “Lancaster Christian Writers Conference 2022”

  1. Thanks for sharing this, Chris! It’s something to think about and is also an encouragement to do the hard work and glorify God through it, just as Moses did.

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