Guest Post: Paula Mowery - Out on a Limb

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Jun 25, 2014 Guest Posts , , 7 Comments

I want to thank Paula for being our guest today. Her post shares about how to develop speaking topics from your writing.

Paula MoweryPaula Mowery is a pastor’s wife and a former homeschool Mom. She is also a Christian writer and winner of the 2014 Selah Award in the novella category. Her articles have appeared in Woman’s World and in her ongoing column on Christian Online Magazine. Paula also writes Christian fiction. Her debut novella, THE BLESSING SEER, came out July 6, 2012, from Pelican Book Group. The sequel, BE THE BLESSING, released Sept. 13, 2013.

Paula is an author and acquisitions editor with Prism Book Group. Paula’s story, Forgiven, is in the anthology, Brave New Century, which released Nov. 13, 2013. This book appeared on Amazon’s Top 100 Bestsellers in Religious Historical Fiction. Her first solo romance released in March, Legacy and Love.

EXTEND THAT MESSAGE

In the past, it was only the nonfiction writers who were asked to speak on the topics from their books. However, now even fiction writers are finding they are often invited to do public speaking. To be able to speak, the writer has to get to the core message of their story and develop a speaking plan from there. This is a great opportunity for the fiction writer to share more about the true message she intended within her story.

Some cringe at the thought of speaking in front of people, but you already have your message written through your book. Now, you need only tell about it.

Here is a simple way to develop a speaking script.

First, look at the overall theme of your book. Ask yourself what main godly principle or lesson can be gained from your story. Pose that into a statement or thesis. Think of stating this thesis as defining or stating your intention or stating your teaching objective.

Second, I considered my audience. I thought about who I would be speaking to so I could gear my points to their needs. You would create your speaking script differently if you were speaking to a mixed group of saved and non-saved persons as opposed to speaking for a group of all Christians.

Thirdly, I began to pray and study to establish the main points of my speech and how I would illustrate them as well as locate scriptures to support my points. Something that tends to guide me in this step is by choosing visuals to get my points across. I have found that this in itself will often guide the creation of my points.

Let me illustrate for you, using my book, The Blessing Seer.

First, I chose the theme of: Encouraging others to go out on a limb for God.

Second, I realized that I would be addressing women who were mostly church-attenders and Christians. This led me to focus on challenging the women to use their spiritual gifts and do something of significance for God, not to remain on the ground.

Thirdly, keeping with the idea of a tree, my daughter showed me an illustration of a tree with children in different areas – on the various limbs, standing on the ground, fallen on the ground. This visual motivated me to talk about where the women would see themselves in this illustration when comparing this tree with where we are with God and His calling on our lives.

I posed questions such as: Are you camping out on the wrong limb? Are you letting a fall keep you down? Are you in a place to enjoy the best fruit and the best view? Under each I shared from scripture and my personal experience.

For example, for the first question, “Are you camping out on the wrong limb?” – I discussed when we as Christians get into comfort zones. We get comfortable or we want to allow others to do what God may be calling us to do. We might become stale or just too content. I used the verse, 1 Corinthians 12:7 to encourage the women out of their comfort zones because God has given each person gifts to show Himself.

Let me challenge you to go out on a limb for God and use your written message to touch more lives through speaking about it.


Comments

  • Paula Mowery
    Jun 25, 2014 at 7:44 am Reply

    Thanks for the opportunity to share and even challenge. Reach for that limb!

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      Jun 25, 2014 at 2:47 pm Reply

      Thanks so much for your ideas, Paula! Very helpful info.

  • Jenny Carlisle
    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:11 am Reply

    Thanks for the suggestion of finding pictures to inspire a message about my book. I have been dreaming of video trailers lately. Starting with still clips is more doable! Best Wishes in your writing and your speaking.

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  • Cristine Eastin
    Jun 25, 2014 at 10:41 am Reply

    Excellent post, Paula. Metaphors work so well. Good steps to follow. Now we wish speaking engagements would fall into our laps like leaves off a tree!

  • Dora Hiers
    Jun 26, 2014 at 7:47 am Reply

    Awesome, Paula! I’ve spoken at many libraries, but mostly my presentations are geared toward other writers. I love how you broke this down to develop speeches around themes within our books. Will have to try this! Thanks!

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