You Keep Going

You Keep GoingTo create art is to risk failure. It’s that simple. Some people can’t live with that reality. They want their work to come forth fully formed, Athena emerging from Zeus’ head.

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How to be a Better Writer: Face the Lion

Face the LionA work in progress quickly becomes feral…It is a lion you cage in your study. As the work grows, it gets harder to control; it is a lion growing in strength. You just visit it every day and reassert your mastery over it. —Annie Dillard, The Writing Life

Starting a new draft has fears associated with it. Continuing with the one you’ve begun is a different matter. It has its own fears.

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Running the Metaphor

Running the MetaphorSometimes, you end up running the metaphor. The rain starts to fall, externalizing, echoing the heart’s aches. It drums against the body, perhaps a soft, warm brush against skin or staccato. Hard, abrupt, cold.

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The Blessing of Undistracting Excellence

Undistracting ExcellenceWe will try to sing and play and pray and preach in such a way that people’s attention will not be diverted from the substance by shoddy ministry nor by excessive finesse, elegance, or refinement. Natural, undistracting excellence will let the truth and beauty of God shine through. We will invest in equipment good enough to be undistracting in transmitting heartfelt truth. — John Piper, Desiring God

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The Three Musketeers

Pinning down the Details

DetailsI’ve always known the importance of details, but working with the production team at The Austin Stone has made the knowledge more concrete. More than that. The knowledge has been etched in sharp relief. Every detail matters, from the background visuals for a song to the timing of the words.

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How to be a Better Writer: Pursue Excellence

147631451_c7e77b2a81_bI believe I am called to excellence. Most other people probably do, too. I may differ, however, in the “why” of it. I pursue excellence because God is excellent. He excels at everything He does, has done, will do. Because He tells me to model my life after Him, I choose the way of excellence.

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Spinning Top

Spinning TopSome of my recent work has me feeling like a spinning top. Wind up. Release. Bump and clatter against floor. The top wobbles slightly, holds its center. It spins, spins, spins, whirling out new content at every turn.

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What is Excellence?

ExcellencePerfectionism couches itself in performance, achievement, and competition. It is the antithesis of excellence. — Aaron Ivey, The Austin Stone

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Write Right: Apt, Liable, Likely

Write Right Talks about Writing RightApt, liable, and likely are words with similar meanings. They’re often exchanged for one another. The words, however, have their nuances.

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