How to be a Better Writer: Acknowledge the “but”

The Contradiction
I still remember one of my professors chastising the class about absolute statements. He told us to avoid them or risk the peril of being confronted with a contradictory claim, not to mention a less than stellar grade. I accepted his instruction because the underlying statement was and is sound: no one person can know everything there is to know about even a single topic. It’s foolish to pretend otherwise.Continue Reading

Will Visual Media Kill Writing?

Doodling: a blend of writing and visual media.

The newer social networks – Instagram, Vine, Pinterest, Snapchat – have one thing in common: they’re visually oriented. The premise behind them seems to be about sharing experiences and emotions “of the moment.” None of them require much captioning, raising the question of whether they’re killing writing.Continue Reading

How to be a Better Writer: Manage the Day

If you want to be a better writer, manage the day.

My campus pastor has said that failing to plan is planning for failure. He’s right. Without a plan, you twiddle your thumbs, put your feet up. You go nowhere fast.Continue Reading