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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Don't Cut off Your Nose to Spite Your Face" (without using the actual phrase or litera (02/14/08)
TITLE: A Personal Testimony
By Colin Swann
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I tried to prepare myself by enrolling on a writing course. It was a secular course and quite expensive. The lessons were geared to the secular media such as magazines and similar publications – to which I was required to submit articles.
I wasn’t aware at the time that there were Christian writing courses and internet sites available. In fact I didn’t own a computer then.
I soon found out whilst doing the course that it was going to be difficult for a British male to succeed in what seemed to be a field that was dominated by females; all of whom seemed excellent writers. Rightly or wrongly I got the impression that I was trespassing into a feminist controlled area where men in general weren’t too welcome.
My tutor suggested that I use a female Christian name for my byline as she agreed it was difficult for men to break into female dominated publications. I used the nickname Steph which was the first part my second Christian name Stephen. I’m not sure I pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes – but, if I can remember rightly, it was a little better.
I became so discouraged and disappointed with the situation that I threw in the towel. Over time I regretted it but couldn’t see another way ahead. For a few years I wondered if I had I made a mistake. Had I taken the prophecy too seriously? In my haste had I blown it and now there was no way back?
Eventually, I purchased a computer, and one day I stumbled over the Faithwriters’ site. After exploring it I started to use it and I could not believe that there was such an excellent Christian writers’ site available.
However, it wasn’t long before the old demons began to stir. I found the site was dominated by women. (I’m not anti women – I have the most wonderful wife that a man could wish for and she often tries to reassure me that the majority of female writers aren’t feminists). I hope that I can learn this lesson from using this site and lay down my old fears.
I am enjoying being among inspiring Christian writers, though I still struggle with the networking that seems to going on. Maybe it’s just friends trying to encourage each other and nothing more sinister that that.
However, one thing is sure; I will NOT make the same mistake twice. I don’t intend to put myself out in the wilderness again. In fact I’m jolly well going to stick my conk back on my phizog and un-spite myself!
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