I took the following quote today from my friend Karen's blog. Karen is a great writer, and she loves Anne Lamott...

"Writing can be a pretty desperate endeavor, because it is about some of our deepest needs: our need to be visible, to be heard, our need to make sense of our lives, to wake up and grow and belong."
Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

I think that's a pretty accurate description of writing. I write because it's all in there and has to come out. Like God gave me this vent and I have to use it. I think that people who are not writers don't really understand writers. It's like they are thinking "why did she write that?" while I'm thinking, "I HAVE to write that".

I'm reading Bird by Bird right now. Yes, it's a small book that I started reading over a month ago but I still have not finished. It's a good book but, and I'm gonna say this knowing I will hear gasping, it's just not my favorite. I am learning stuff from it but for some reason, I just don't love it. Yes, I think she's funny, but not as funny as I was supposed to think she was. Sorry Karen :-(

I am just too much of a C.S. Lewis style person I guess. I just love his stuff. I learn something every time I read anything he has written.

One time I submitted an article to Burnside Writers collection and one of the editors, Penny, told me I needed to be more patient with the reader. THAT resinated with me. I knew immediately she was right. I think that is my greatest weakness in my writing, and was one of C.S. Lewis' greatest strengths, he gave you all the information, used metaphors, analogies, etc, to give the reader everything they needed to draw the picture in their mind and eventually say "yea, I get it".

In 1959, an American schoolgirl appealed to C. S. Lewis for writing advice, and he sent her a list of eight rules for good writing:

1. Turn off the radio [and television].
2. Read good books and avoid most magazines.
3. Write with the ear, not the eye. Make every sentence sound good.
4. Write only about things that interest you. If you have no interests, you won't ever be a writer.
5. Be clear. Remember that readers can't know your mind. Don't forget to tell them exactly what they need to know to understand you.
6. Save odds and ends of writing attempts, because you may be able to use them later.
7. You need a well-trained sense of word-rhythm, and the noise of a typewriter will interfere.
8. Know the meaning of every word you use.

I need to work on all of these! Number 5 especially.

I've been gleaning a lot of good writing tips lately from Donald Miller's blog too. He is so good. So clear. So patient.

I am getting a Mac this week. I'm buying our friend's Paul and Charity's old one because they just got an iPad. It's loaded with all the good stuff. My current lap top doesn't have a word processor on it, I've been having to write my book on my desk top, where I do have a word processor, but it likes to freeze up and act crazy, so it will be good having the Mac.

I really need to get back to working on my book. I've taken way to long of a break from it.

P.S. My friend Jennifer just published her book,  I have been waiting for it to be published because I know a few single moms I want to give it to myself. Check it out, it's really good. thelifeofasinglemom.com


kimberly said…
I am so happy for this post today, I love reading Karen's blog. However since you had changed you blog lay out and don't have the links to others blogs (I hadn't bookmarked hers) I was unable to fine.
Love both of yours and hers blog!!

Kimberly Brumfield
jennifer maggio said…
Funny, I read your blog for my daily dose of controversy! How does that make you feel?~ :)

Thanks for the plug. Reviews have been good. I'm praying that it truly does help a single mom or a broken woman or an exhausted mom find her peace in Christ.
Natalie said…
This was most helpful. CS is brilliant.

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