How to Make a Living Writing, Part III
- Friday, January 18, 2008
Writing isn't about exercising your ego. It's about erasing your ego. It's about getting out of the way of whatever needs to be said, so that it can be said in a way that does justice to the thing that's telling you what you need to say about it.
Would-be writers are forever wanting to share themselves with the world. Fair enough; that's a big part of writing, for sure. But if, in being totally honest with yourself, you find that you are more interested in sharing yourself with the world than you are with, in essence, sharing the world with the world, then save yourself the trouble, and stop imagining you're a writer. You're not.
Lucky you. You're normal.
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.
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