The Secret Is Out

It has been in plain sight for so long, is it a wonder that we are sometimes so slow to grasp it?


We live in a warp-speed world, with a screen and a key-board as a means to communicate our words, our ways, and relationships.

What is the secret to Good Writing?

I walked away from Allume with a permanent imprint on my heart and mind from one “small” quote.  Ann Voskamp said, ” The secret to good writing is living in secret.”

 The words we leave in the “wired world,” may be there for a season, or perhaps published into pages of life-changing books. The life we live daily will span into generations with a forever impact.

Think on this with me friend – Your writing is only as credible as your life.

From the day I arrived home from Allume, this portion of Scripture has pressed in on my heart like a vice.  Scripture that we have memorized and recited as a family.  Many times.

Here, you will read, what I believe, is the secret to writing.  In plain sight.

5 Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down, his disciples came to him..

And he opened his mouth and taught them, saying:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons[a] of God.

10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Today, and every day that we write, we should be asking ourselves – “If I were to meet my readers face to face, would my words equal to my life?”

Improving our writing style and fine-tuning our words are necessary. Striving for numbers, and credibility may be more alluring, but the every day salt is what will make our words sink deep into another life.  Because they will MEAN something.

Live life credibly- not as you are being judged, but as the words you write can live up to your life.

Living life in the Light – Allume – is not about standing ovations, but the words we hard-wire into our souls.  Every day.

The secret to our good writing can be the overflow.  Credible from obedient living.

Do you find your voice behind words, and is your life speaking loud and clear?

September from One September Day


  • Kim Hall

    That is always the question, isn’t it, to write in our own voice, to not compare, to not try to be someone else? I love your emphasis on writing and your question: Do my words equal my life? Thanks for the food for thought today!

    • Anonymous

      It is hard in a large writing group session to not compare,,, but we can all encourage one another to write our life and not another’s. Thank you for commenting today.

  • Leah@embracingrace

    Great thoughts, and so true!! I love that passage of Scripture. It has meant so much to my husband and me this year as we have navigated through some difficult aspects of ministry.

    • Anonymous

      Leah , Matthew 5 is one of our favorites also. Hugs!

  • Christy Fitzwater

    Thank you for this encouragement. I need to hear that every day for the rest of my writing life.

    • Anonymous

      Christy – I agree- I need to hear this every day also! Thank you for your kind words.

  • jacqui

    The Lord has just reminding me over the last days and weeks to simply write my own story. Write of the life I’m authentically living. The Lord used your words as perfect confirmation that my story is enough. Thank you.

    • Anonymous

      Praise the Lord for His working through words!

  • Kristin

    September, you continue to bless me with your insight and conviction. Thank you for this beautiful reminder today!

    • Anonymous

      Seeing you again at Allume was so encouraging to me friend! YOU are an example of credible living! Thank you!

  • Cherie Werner

    Truly an encouraging word. Thanks for sharing. Indeed you are living an authentic life as you are an inspiration to many.

    • Anonymous

      Love you my friend!

  • Anonymous

    Awesome post, September…so true…praying that my life matches the words He leads me to write…blessings to you :)

    • Anonymous

      Amen! Thank you for sharing today!

  • Anonymous

    This was SO GOOD my friend! Thank you!

    • Anonymous

      Real-life living is so life-giving! Was so happy we could spend more time together at Allume. From the 1st Relevant Conf. your life has been a credible real-life portrait of your writing. Hugs!

  • womenlivingwell

    Yes and amen September – awesome post!!! Thank you!!!
    Courtney :)

  • Christin

    Oh.So.Good. Yes a million times over. Thank you September. xo

    • Anonymous

      From the heart and His truth – where we can never go wrong. Amen,, Hugs Christin!

  • Crystal

    “Live life credibly”…oh yes. This I need to have in a snazzy printable pasted above my desk at work, at home, in the car…yes.

    • Anonymous

      Crystal – You….always…make…me…smile. Love you!

  • Jolene @ The Alabaster Jar

    A wonderful reminder that we are Light-Bearers.

    • Anonymous

      Amen Jolene! A wonderful way to say it. Keep shining your light my friend!