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Getting into Character

I was aghast when I realized how I’ve been procrastinating on writing my term paper. Oh, I’ve done my research and some of the writing; but the fact is that I’d hoped to have it finished by now, even though it isn’t due for another week.

I realized something this week. You see, I’m a ghostwriter. I write books for people who have a message to get out, but who need some help with the writing and organizing process. I do the writing, but  I do my best to do it in the author’s “voice.” When I ghostwrite a book, I often take a couple of days to listen to the author’s CDs, watch the DVDs, read the notes—not for information, but to get “into character” as it were.

What did we do last weekend? We had dinner with our sons, our daughter-in-law, and our younger son’s girlfriend—all of whom are college students. I slept in a little on Saturday. And we had pizza for diner last night.

Hmmm … Hanging with college students? Check.

Sleeping in on the weekend?  Check.

Pizza for dinner?  Check.

Procrastinating on my term paper? Check.

I hadn’t realized it, but I’ve been getting into character as a college student!

Most of my life isn’t spent in character as a writer–that’s just part of what I do. But I still need to be “in character,” as it were:

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children …

–Ephesians 5:1

As Christians, we are to imitate God, to do the things we see Him doing. We are to be holy, as He is holy. We are to be filled with love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness and self-control, the fruit of His Spirit. We are to do good to everyone and, as far as it’s up to us, be at peace with everyone. We are to be as Jesus was in this world.

How?

By relying on Him. By asking His help. By letting Him reach others through us.

And may I suggest a few ghostwriting techniques?

Read His Book. That will help you to know His voice.

Talk with Him; spend time with Him. That will help you to hear Him more clearly.

Look for Him and recognize His work when you see it—in His creation, in His people.

And get right on it. After all, there’s no sense procrastinating.

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