Some blogs are just too good to be buried in Google’s search engine results and forgotten. That’s why I’m linking to this one here.
It’s so easy, after you’ve been blogging for a while, to get “serious” about blogging, to start focusing on things like stats and SEO and posting schedules and monetisation.
And before you know it, you’ve lost sight of why you started.
OK, I’ll admit, from a creative point of view, freelancing does involve compromises (particularly in the early stages), but that doesn’t mean artistic integrity has to be thrown out the window. Far from it.
I have a friend who often says, don’t just criticise; put in the answer.
The world is full of people (I’m one of them) who criticise, because it’s easy. But far fewer of us offer solutions to the problems we see.
I did a crazy thing the other night. I sat down and wrote something with a pen and paper. And it felt good.
After more than twenty five years of being a Christian, I still feel like I know so little.
Oh, sure, I’ve got a head full of intellectual knowledge, but when it comes to knowing and loving God personally, and living a life based on that relationship, I still feel like a novice.
Something has gone wrong along the way.
If you are a writer, the chances of you getting a book published by a traditional publisher are tiny. And the chances of you striking it big by self-publishing aren’t much better. That’s what I’ve read, anyway.
But, who cares!
If you need to pray, pray. If you need to sleep, sleep. If you need to get down on the floor and build a LEGO tower with your kids, get down and build one.
Don’t believe the lie that there are a million things you need to do right now. There is only one.
Do what you most need to do right now.
Those three words sum up writing for me. Using simple implements* to do something incredibly difficult: capture truth.
Whether it’s realism in a character, an accurate portrayal of the facts, deep, personal honesty, or the weight of an existential truth, our goal as writers is to capture it—with as much force and clarity as we can.