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Cormac McCarthy’s tips on how to write

Sometimes you fall in love with a book because of the story and sometimes because of the writing. When you get both you’ve found a classic. It was the writing I loved when I read McCarthy for the first time earlier this year. The Road is sparse, evocative and compelling writing at its finest. So I’d argue that even if he’s talking about a scientific research paper (which he is), when Cormac tells me how to write then I’m going to listen. And you should too. His advice applies to…

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Writing is hard

This by Jen Oshman explains so much of how I’ve felt about writing the last few years and annoyingly said better than I ever could. There are so many good reasons not to write. I mean, do people even read anymore? Everyone has something to say and the internet is a virtual cacophony. Why add to the noise? Especially when writing is hard. And lonely. Is it even worth it? The Christian writer wrestles with these questions, as all writers do. Indeed, all writers ask themselves these questions at least…

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An Editor’s Top Tips for (non-fiction) Writers

It’s summer and I’m not posting at whatever my usual schedule is, but instead have a post a day to pique your interest. I’m going to attempt a blogging revival from September. This is from the always excellent Jennie Pollock and I say a huge Amen to every single thing. I love my job. I really enjoy helping writers take their ideas and make the communication of them the best it can be. It’s educational (I learn about all kinds of topics) and stimulating (I’m often having to think quite deeply…

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Links for writers & readers

Writing and reading, what would life be like without either of those? Not very good, is what I say. But perhaps I could have phrased that better and perhaps if I’d read some of the following I might have done. Then again… Links for Writers Meet the Guardian of Grammar Who Wants to Help You Be a Better Writer Some Awesome Books on Writing – One of the books on the list was by Steven Pinker. So here are his 13 rules for writing better And here’s a review by Lex…

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The art of translation

This article in The Economist doesn’t have the Bible in view at all but it does shed some interesting light on the process of translation. Mr Hahn agrees that the idea of total fidelity to the original text is impossible. “I don’t think there’s any question that we want to be faithful,” he says, but “the question is what we are choosing to be faithful to. Sometimes you’re being faithful to the spirit of the book in ways that are quite profound and subtle and have very little to do…

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Reading & writing (Bumper links edition)

I had planned to kind of weave the links I’d saved on reading and writing into a wonderful post but I’ve simply saved too many and been too slow in writing this post. So in order not to waste them I’m just putting themm all out there in a bumper weekend list of links to read if you’re a fan of books, reading, writing, libraries and so on. Enjoy! On Libraries Every Library Has a Story to Tell Libraries where the world’s memory is stored Shenzen library The Future Library…

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The Curiosity Index (30.07.2018)

Is Your Church Really Focused on Evangelism? Maybe Not. Yep. For pastors, avoiding the topic of evangelism cannot become the default choice. For the church to continue thriving, we need everyone—churchgoers young and old—to buy into a shared passion for the spreading of the gospel. If our hearts are truly for the unbelievers—those who haven’t yet heard the good news of God’s love for them—we’ll be willing to face discomfort, difficulty, and even the possibility of failure to share it with them. No, you probably don’t have a book in…

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The Curiosity Index (23.03.2018)

Bill Hybels Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Former Willow Creek Leaders Whichever way this turns out, it’s a really sad story. Darwinian differences: How the theory of evolution viewed women as inferior Darwin claimed that equality was scientifically impossible. In line with his own ingrained assumptions, the standard ones of Victorian England, Darwin maintained that female inferiority is an inescapable consequence of nature. Awkward. So Christianity is no longer the norm? Going underground will do it good Peter Ormerod has a good response to the news that Europe is non-Christian…

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