Monday, July 13, 2009

RDM #2 – Faith and Writing


In addition to pretending to be an orange fish, I also pretend to be a writer.  My pen name is David Seven.  No, it’s not my real name anymore than is Sharkbait, but it is a cool name.   I maintain a writing blog under this name called Seven’s Heaven.  The following is a post I did many months ago as part of a series called Faith and Writing.  Each post compares writing fiction with being a Christian, and looks for similarities.  I thought since I am publishing the 5th post in the series today, I would shamelessly self-promote the first one.  It’s not the best one, so you’ll have to read all the others to see how it improves.  (I recommend number 2.  It’s a doozy)


The first point is this.  What gives me the right to call myself a writer?

While I was doing the insane NaNoWriMo thing, I used to refer to myself as a writer all the time.  To everyone.  In every conversation I had.  After all, why not?  Now many would dispute my right to call myself a writer: after all, I have never written anything professionally, much less profoundly.  So what makes me think I am a writer?

Because I write.

The Oxford English Dictionary defines a writer as : a person who writes or has written something.

So I am a writer.  I am allowed to call myself a writer because I write, regardless of how bad I write, or whether my writing is of any benefit to anyone else.  I am a writer because I write, and because I have chosen to call myself a writer.  However because I choose to call myself a writer, I have to keep writing, otherwise I am just pretending.

Kind of like when we call ourselves Christians?

I call myself a Christian, although I may very well be the worst one ever.  Just as I call myself a writer because I write, I call myself a Christian because I follow Christ.  The word Christian does not imply that I am very good at it, just as the word writer implies nothing about the quality of the work I produce.  Because we live in a world that expect so much of us, we feel as if we can’t call ourselves Christians, because we are not good examples.  But that is not how it works.

John 1:12 says “But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God.” – English Standard Version

Not, “to all who believed, and were really good at it“  So I guess there is hope for me yet.  I can call myself a writer, and a Christian… because I write, and follow Christ. 

For more information on Rainy Day Mondays, go to this post.  If you are also taking part, leave a link to your post in the comments below so we can check it out as well. 


  1. I also consider myself a follower of Christ and His teachings-NOT necessarily a good Christian. Just a determined one.

    For a fish, I must say you have some profound thoughts and great writing skills- especially photo captions!

  2. I'm glad you call yourself a writer. I have enjoyed all that I have read so far and I hope that you will continue to write. Mr. David Seven aka Sharkbait. Imagine my shock to discover Sharkbait wasn't your real name. :)

  3. David Seven...When I read that I pictured you sitting by a lovely fire in your evening jacket and smoking a pipe...plinking away on the old typewriter. I'm sure that's NOT how it really is. :)

  4. Both writing and Christian walk are judged by the one who receives the end product from us. I don't know you all that well yet, but what I've seen of both your writing and your walk have been worth the time I spend on your blog. I'm certain your Father smiles at both as well.

  5. Sherri - thank you.

    OSG - I am glad you are enjoying the blog, I am liking popping in to yours as well.

    Annie K - Actually I do most of my writing in a Pirates of the Carribean Notepad with a Finding Nemo pen. But when they take my picture for the cover of my bestseller, I'll definitely go with the pipe and jacket. :-)

    Anne - Thank you kindly.

  6. ooooooooooh, I am with Anne on this one.

    another Shark Bait/David Seven fan here! :)

    I have been thinking about which post I want to run for my own Rainy Day Monday post next week. I think this is a great idea and want to jump in with two feet. Looks like the water is great!

    Keep on writing......keep on sharing your walk with Christ. You are doing a fabulous job. I bet you will be floored to find out how many lives you are touching without even knowing about it.


  7. I've always been comfortable with the idea that I'd consider myself a writer when I got published. Then I read this, and I guess that's sort of like saying I'll consider myself a Christian when I get to heaven.

    Gonna have to work on that.

  8. Once you're published you can start being a snob and looking down your nose at people like me who call themselves writers.

    Until then, join me.


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