Learn about word count. Everything about a piece -- being, mainly, its angle and tone -- is determined by how many words it's supposed to be. This piece you're reading right now, for instance, has gone on too long: nobody wants to read a blog posting anywhere near this long. So now I have to end it.

If anyone's interested in my continuing this piece, lemme know and I will. (I can't imagine too many people wanting that; writing is, after all, just a job. And how interesting, usually, is someone else's job? Unless you really are a writer. Then, for some happy reason, just about everyone's job is extremely fascinating. But that's a whole other ... thing.)

Anyway, here's wishing you a wonderful week!

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John Shore is the author of "I'm OK--You're Not: The Message We're Sending Nonbelievers and Why We Should Stop" (NavPress), "Penguins, Pain and the Whole Shebang: Why I Do The Things I Do, by God (as told to John Shore)," (Seabury Books), and is co-author of "Comma Sense: A Fun-damental Guide to Punctuation" (St. Martin's Press). He is currently co-authoring a book with Stephen Arterburn.

A former magazine writer and editor, John’s life as a Christian writer began the moment when, at 38 years old, he was very suddenly (and while in a supply closet at his job, of all places) walloped by the benevolent hand of God.
Visit John online at http://www.johnshorebooks.com.