Study the Bible First

Before you can write a Christian book, you must study the Bible first. You have to know God’s word to make sure you are sharing His wisdom instead of yours. Whenever you write a book, you have to do research first. For Christian writers, our research is our Bible study. It’s imperative for us to read the Gospel in order to share the Gospel, which is what we are commanded to do.

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Getting all of your research, or Bible study, finished before you start your writing session is essential to the flow of your book. Once you start writing, you don’t want to break up your concentration by having to research a fact or verse. You could get lost in Google, or your Bible, forever and never find your way back to your book. The best way to ensure you keep your words flowing is to outline first and then do all your research and then write your book.

I know what you’re thinking. What happens if you get to a point in your writing where you suddenly need to research something that you didn’t know you needed to research before? Place a reminder mark there and continue writing. Unless the book cannot continue without the information you suddenly need, continue writing and go back and do the necessary research later.

Outline First

Completing an outline for your book or project will help you know what you need to do research on. What is God calling you to write about? Bullet-point your chapters and main ideas so you know what verses you will need to reference. Fill in your outline with information that you already know, then you know what kind of research, or Bible study, you need to do to finish it.

Then Study the Bible (Research)

Start with your own Bible. If you study your Bible frequently, then you’re already familiar with a lot of the books and verses. Do a personal Bible study on what God is calling you to write about. If you’re having trouble locating a verse, www.openbible.info/topics/ is a great site for quickly finding Bible verses related to a specific topic. Study Bibles, commentaries, and other resources are available as well at many bookstores. If you choose to use the internet for research, make sure to vet the source before using the information in your book. Check the URL of the website and make sure that the site is credible. If you can, find scholarly articles on your subject and/or books to ensure the information you use is Biblical. Gather all the information you can on your topic and organize it into your outline.

Write Your Book

Once you have your outline fully filled out with the information you already knew and the information you found during your research, then you are ready to start writing your book. You can schedule writing session times and keep your writing flowing without having to stop.