Pen to Paper Newsletter

Pen to Paper: Collaboration (P8)

Presented below is a thought from me on writing, a quote from someone else on writing, an excerpt from that writer, and a discipline/habit to implement… 

We will be focusing on collaboration today.

A Thought

Finding a healthy balance between writing on your own and collaborating with others is key. Sometimes, we stumble upon deep gems in our own secret place, but they truly come to life when we let others breathe their magic on it.

– Austin Alford

A Quote

“You find a song with the door shut. But then you develop it with the door open.”

– Matt Redman (Worship Leader, Song-Writer)

An Excerpt

Matt Redman & Steve Angrisano (Collaboration!), ‘10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord)’ part of the song…

[Verse 1]
The sun comes up, it’s a new day dawning
It’s time to sing Your song again
Whatever may pass and whatever lies before me
Let me be singing when the evening comes

Bless the Lord, O my soul, O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before, O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name

[Verse 2]
You’re rich in love and You’re slow to anger
Your name is great and Your heart is kind
For all Your goodness, I will keep on singing
Ten thousand reasons for my heart to find

A Discipline/Habit to Implement

Here’s a writing habit I’m currently working on, and you’re invited to join me!

Block out some time in your week for a solo writing session.

Plan a writing session with others during the same week.

Let’s aim for two writing sessions this week – one where you can dive deep into your own thoughts, and another where you can collaborate and bounce ideas off others! If you enjoy this rhythm, stick with it or share any other suggestions for finding the right balance.

Put Pen to Paper this week and have fun!

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