The written word possesses unlimited power and persuasion. In the right hands, it can move souls to Christ or drive them away. All writers can reach a greater audience, if they receive training in their craft and become more skilled. That is where this blog enters the picture.
The Moving Word blog is refocusing. I will try to help my readers become better communicators through the written word. Writing is a learned activity and can be taught and enhanced. We can foster our abilities and grow and I want to help.
My name is Richard Mansel and I serve as the Managing Editor of Forthright Magazine, an online home for quality writing and great teaching. By the way, you can subscribe free at the site and daily articles will appear in your inbox.
Since 2004, I have served as a weekly columnist at Forthright and I have over 300 articles on a variety of religious subjects. From 2004-2010, I wrote about Biblical fundamentals in the Square One column. Since July 2010, my focus has been on Living the Faith and spiritual maturity.
I am a Fellow at the Fellowship Room and I am the author of The Greatest Question on how to attain salvation. I am also active on Twitter. I have written for several newspapers and publications.
I have advanced degrees from Freed-Hardeman University and Southern Christian University. My training and experience have been of great benefit through the years. However, the sheer act of meeting weekly deadlines has been the greatest training I have received. The adage is true, a writer writes.
Others are more knowledgeable than I about the act of writing. However, I intend to grow and learn how to improve my craft. I hope you will learn along with me. Primarily, this will happen as I share tips and advice that I have learned and discovered.
Writing is useless unless it finds an audience. I will also look at how we can reach the goal of finding new readers. How can we find ways to have our writing published? How can we use blogs and social media to spread our writing?
Creative writing divides into fiction and non-fiction. The genre of Christian fiction is exploding and several members of the Church are moving into the field. I will be offering pointers in fiction and non-fiction. I am aspiring to write novel-length fiction, so I have an interest in improving my limited abilities.
My writing “career” began in fourth grade, when I began writing short stories. People became aware of my interest and by the sixth grade, my teacher allowed me to periodically read my short stories to the class. They would request that I read certain ones and I would comply. I will forever be grateful to Ms Pierce and my classmates for their encouragement.
I pray that my efforts will help you grow. Please participate, share this site, and pray for this work. Please alert others to this new effort If I can be of help, please let me know.