But I do not consider my life of any account as dear to myself, so that I may finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God. — Acts 20:24, NASB
Precision starts with life. Precision starts with the real. Precision starts in the experiences you have had, and if you want to write—and this is the crux of the whole thing—you better pay attention to what is happening around YOU as a means by which to begin to be precise. You better begin to look, and to see. – Brett Lott, Life and Letters
Certain qualities differentiate amateur writers from professional ones. For example, amateurs sometimes have little regard for criticism. They’re happy with the way their work is, not with the way it could be. Professionals are different. They’re in pursuit of what’s better, and “better” often necessitates criticism’s thrashing.
Why all this hysteria? Why do you insist on making a scene and making it even harder for me? You’re looking at this backward. The issue in Jerusalem is not what they do to me, whether arrest or murder, but what the Master Jesus does through my obedience.
— Acts 21:13, The Message