Archive for the commitment Tag

Why We’ve Got to Learn to Say No

“There is only one way to defeat the enemy, and that is to write as well as one can. The best argument is an undeniably good book.” Saul Below, The Living Novel: A Symposium, 1957 I think no matter who you are, no matter how you grew up, every Christian writer struggles to say no to others. Some may learn to
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The Quality of Your Thoughts

It’s often spouted as conventional wisdom that anyone can have a great idea. What makes a great book–like a great company or invention or system–is the work. The commitment and unique persistence applied to making that idea fly. It sounds so true it has to be true, right? Well, not exactly. It turns out that some people have greater ideas, and
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The Only Master

Because I’m prone to the happy hobbit life, I’m often forced to remember that life doesn’t serve books. Books serve life. And as supporting documents for the journey, they make useful and often life-giving guides. But they make horrible masters. Some writers don’t appreciate this distinction and they end up serving their books in many ways. Though their book only
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The Writer’s Cross: Why Writers Need Community

It’s a crazy dark day, the kind we get in Portland in the winter where you have to keep the lights on in the house all day because of the thick gray haze blanketing the world. It can get into your skin. So on this rainy day, I’m pondering about musings. And about how most things in life come down
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The Writer’s Commitment to Freedom

“Spring always new forms of life, from the soul of man that is joined to the soul of stone; Out of the meaningless practical shapes of all that is living or lifeless, Joined with the artist’s eye, new life, new form, new colour. Out of the sea of sound the life of music….” T.S. Eliot Many thoughts you have to
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