Gems About Writing

Recently I got together over lunch with Randy Walter, editor of the Manna (a Christian newspaper for Maryland’s Eastern Shore).  He’s got a lot of wisdom and experience in the realm of Christian publishing, as well as a full cache of fascinating stories.  We had some delicious crab cakes as we talked about writing.

Some of the takeaways from our conversation:

  • “Everything I write I see as a teaching opportunity.”
  • “Most people, including Christians, don’t want to be preached at.  They want to be talked to.”
  • “Communication is the responsibility of the speaker, not the hearer.”
  • Aim for leaving a lasting impression.
  • Preparation can turn a potential crisis into an opportunity.
  • Even in secular writing, you can teach Christian truth.
  • If you write a book, you have to do one thing every day to promote your book.
  • Remember when approaching editors: They’re often frazzled and overcommitted, so write to meet their need.  Find out their needs–and meet them!
  • Be willing to take assignments.
  • Take opportunities to show your skills.
  • The secret to making good writing become great writing is rewriting.
  • There’s a difference between wanting to write and wanting to be published.  Which is my motive?
  • Why do I want to write?  To feel good?  To feel important?  Or to advance the Kingdom of God?
Published in: on October 18, 2008 at 5:42 am  Comments (2)  

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  1. i have often thought before, that you are such a good writer.always enjoy your penned(or should i say keyboarded)thoughts. very thought provoking and humor slipped in at the right should continue to pursue.good work…did a bible study awhile back.”The creative call” .discussed many forms of creative expressions but honed in a bit on writing, as that was the author’s creative call.think you might enjoy the read….cindy

  2. Thanks Cindy. I’ll be sure to check it out! And thanks for the encouragement.

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