Donald Miller: "I’ve a shelf at home devoted to books about writing. I’d say I might even have two shelves devoted to those books now. I’ve read most of them and some are better than others. But the best writing advice I’ve ever received didn’t come from a book. It actually occurred to me one morning when I was lying in bed, not wanting to get up and do my job. Maybe it came from heaven, I … [Read more...] about The Best Writing Advice Ever –Seriously
Writing on Writing
Holy cow this is so true. "Writing a book is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement; then it becomes a mistress, and then it becomes a master, and then a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster, and fling him out to the public." Winston Churchill HT: Andrew Mackay Also, Churchill knew something about … [Read more...] about Am I Strong Enough To Kill This Monster?
I’m learning something about myself as a thinker of thoughts and a writer of words. I must resist what I feel as a need to qualify every potentially confusing thing I write. I’m growing more comfortable with the idea that I cannot provide all the caveats I need to protect myself from being misunderstood. I’m learning to leave more room for possible misunderstanding where it can’t be helped … [Read more...] about The Box-Ticker and the Poet Argue About Qualifying Everything
When I do the dishes, I use way more water than my wife uses when she does them. This is because I am not as skilled as she is and I think by an avalanche of water I may drown away my dish washing inadequacies. Of course, my wife doesn’t complain about the water. It occurs to me that the same is true in writing and communication in general. If we are unsure of ourselves, unskilled, we pile up the … [Read more...] about Good Lessens
Carey Wallace has an excellent article in Cardis called "On Discipline." It's about the relationship between a disciplined life in general (and specifically a disciplined spiritual life) and a disciplined creative life. Looking for answers to why you're too busy, blocked, or unproductive in creative work? I am. Here's a portion below, but read her entire post here. HT: Dr. Jonathan "Hat Tip" … [Read more...] about Wallace: “Creation Will Require Your Whole Life”
Note: This was posted last week at The Rabbit Room and there were lots of funny comments. If you want to join that conversation, go here (there, I mean). If you're a writer, admit it. You have always wanted a "writer's hut." According to a source close to me, a writer's hut is a little structure set apart from the bustle of home life, dedicated to eliminating distractions and focusing the … [Read more...] about Ready, Set, Hut.
"The novelist is required to to create the illusion of a whole world with believable people in it, and the chief difference between the novelist who is an orthodox Christian and the novelist who is merely a naturalist is that the Christian novelist lives in a larger universe. He believes that the natural world contains the supernatural. And this doesn’t mean that his obligation to portray the … [Read more...] about The Novelist In A Larger Universe
"Some editors are failed writers, but so are most writers." T. S. Eliot … [Read more...] about You Wanna Piece of Me, T.S. Elliot?