My Sunday school teacher approached me yesterday after class. I could tell he was uncomfortable by the way he spoke. As I listened, I understood exactly why.
I've sat under his teaching for years. And I've admired the analogies he's shared with the class every week. "How did he come up with that?" I'd wonder. I struggle with writing my own examples and can never get devotions how I want them. I knew this man had a gift.
Yesterday, he asked me how he can share some of what God puts on his heart with others. Not for money--but because he has a desire to reach others.
I've had this same experience happen to me several times since I've become a writer. I know what I always want to do---give the person a lengthy to-do list of how to get your work out there for others to read. Buy this book, go to a conference, start a blog--write.
But I usually end of scaring the person with the overwhelming process.
As fellow writers, what's the first step you suggest to the person who wants to write and share with others without dampening their spirits?