I thought either I mis-heard Terry Whalin or he had mis-spoken when he shared at the Southern Christian Writers Conference that he has 31,000 followers on Twitter.
I was wrong.
Hearing Terry Whalin’s “Jumpstart Your Publishing Dreams” presentation at the Tuscaloosa conference inspired me to start thinking about how I might write FIVE PAGES A DAY– one of the tips that he shared based on the success of writers who have been published.
His brief address was only a fraction of what one gets from his seminars, which he says run more than an hour. But, even with only a few minutes, Whalin made sure he shared his faith.
“I learned Jesus was more than a figure in the Garden of Gethsemane,” he told the audience of nearly 200 gathered in the chapel at Tuscaloosa’s First Baptist Church. “I learned Jesus was somebody who could be in my life day in and day out.”
Along with is testimony, Whalin’s recollection of his days working at the Indiana Daily Student while in the j-school at Indiana University also connected with me as a journalist and journalism professor. I’ve visited Ernie Pyle Hall on the IU-Bloomington campus and have met many who have worked on this perennial award-winning student newspaper.
“I believe in the power of the printed page,” Whalin said. “We have to be on the move for God in order for God to use us.”
I’m on the move– even as I write this brief blog post– Day 2 of the Southern Christian Writers Conference begins in about an hour.