How to be a Better Writer: Say Good Morning

Good MorningCall it being contrary—and I can exhibit the quality—but I make it a point to say good morning to the people I meet during my early morning runs. They are few and far between and typically have ear buds in their ears, but I still make eye contact and at least tip my head in greeting. It’s a way to force myself outside my comfort zone and to seek an encounter.

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The Writing Slump is a Wilderness

Wilderness“In the wilderness we’re plunged into an awareness of danger and death; at the very same moment we’re plunged, if we let ourselves be, into an awareness of the great mystery of God and the extraordinary preciousness of life.” —Eugene Peterson, Leap Over a Wall

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Hopes and Dreams

Rain
I try to distance myself from my hopes and dreams. I tell myself they’re silly. I bury them ten feet deep. I throw them out of a moving car and don’t wait to see where they land or if they manage to tuck and roll. I flee when they make themselves known.

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How to be a Better Writer: Be a Bloodhound

Bloodhound
When a writer writes, she sometimes starts with an idea. It might be vague, ill-formed, and entirely out of focus, but she has one. She follows its trail until it becomes clear.

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Breaking a Wild Mustang

Wild Mustang
Your writing is like you: wild. It has to be tamed.

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Perfectionism is the Enemy

Red Leash
I long ago learned to keep a tight leash on my perfectionism. If I didn’t, it would run circles around me and trip me. Scraped knees and elbows. Bruised shins. Never a pretty picture, and I should know as someone who’s had her fair share of knees and elbows meeting pavement.

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Write Right: Among, Between

Write Right Talks about Writing RightWhen are you supposed to use among or between? The answer lies in the number of people or things involved.

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Slow like Molasses

Molasses
Some people say I write fast. I suppose I do, but sometimes…sometimes I write slow. The words eke out, slower than molasses poured from a jar.

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Try Again

Try Again
After each failure, ask forgiveness, pick yourself up, and try again. Very often what God first helps us towards is not the virtue itself but just this power of always trying again. For however important chastity (or courage, or truthfulness, or any other virtue) may be, this process trains us in habits of the soul which are more important still. It cures our illusions about ourselves and teaches us to depend on God. We learn, on the one hand, that we cannot trust ourselves even in our best moments, and, on the other hand, that we need not despair even in our worst, for our failures are forgiven. The only fatal thing is to sit down content with anything less than perfection. – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

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Write Right and her Big, Red Dog

Write Right and Clifford