Feb 26, 2012

Filled My Cup at Time Out For Writers' Well

As imaginative as writers can be, we need to give ourselves time to fill our oil lamps, replenish our cups, and energize bodies and minds. ANWA Writers Conference is the perfect resource.
I am glad so many of my writing colleagues were there!

4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.

The parable of the 10 virgins doesn't comment on how or when the wise obtained their oil.
My personal interpretation is that with careful planning and diligent effort the virgins were always prepared in readiness.

How writers can fill their lamps.
1.) Practice, practice, practice.
2.) Read, read, read.
3.) Observe, make notes, listen to the voices in our heads.
4.) Rub shoulders with other writers such as in chapter meetings, retreats and especially at conference.
5.) Respect the talent which God has given you. Don't bury it in the sand and return it unused.

38 He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.

How writers can fill their cups.
1.) Dip in the well of living waters. (scriptures are divine literature your well, prayer is your bucket to lower and raise full of life giving water)
2.) Emulate the Master ( serve others in the writing community)
3.) Listen to the still small voice of inspiration. (our muse of revelation)
4.) Write, journal, spread the gospel of clean wholesome reading materials in every genre and mode. The three fold mission of LDS writers is to spread the gospel - publish to all the world; perfect the saints - write uplifting, morally clean, inspiring words no matter what kind of writing we do; and redeem the dead - Historical fiction, Family History, Research, and so forth.
5.) Schedule a time, create a space and set goals for your writing so that living waters can flow forth from your pens.

How writers let their light shine.
1.) Do not hide your candle under a bushel. (Once published promote/market - shine your light.)
2.) Use all resources available. (God inspired those who created our modern technology - use it.)
3.) Give Back to others. (One learns much and spreads the gospel through teaching others.)
4.) Allow your family, friends and others you choose to share and enjoy your gift.
5.) Invest in and polish your talent, take writing classes, and use professional assistance of editors. This way your light will shine bright without flaws.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.


  1. "Do not hide your candle under a bushel."

    I guess I never thought of not writing as hiding that candle, but it would be just that, hiding that talent that I know Heavenly Father gave me. I know when my paintings are hung on the wall, everyone who enters can see them--that's a given. But when you write, it's very hard for that light "to shine" unless someone is actually reading your words, words that are usually sandwiched between a cover, or trapped inside a computer, only to be lit when a curious mind inquires.

    Yes, writing is most thankless. Thank you, Margaret Turley, for inspiring me today!

  2. Love, love, love this post! Thank your for writing it. I really needed these words today...hugs~


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