Tips for Better Writing

• September 15, 2010 • Comments (1)

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Seminary students have a LOT of writing to do.  This article has some great counsel on honing your ability to write.

One excerpt:

4. Give yourself time. Many smart people tell themselves pathetic lies like, “I do my best work at the last minute.” Look: It’s not true. No one works better under pressure. Sure, you are a smart person. But if you are writing about a profound problem, why would you think that you can make an important contribution off the top of your head in the middle of the night just before the conference?

Writers sit at their desks for hours, wrestling with ideas. They ask questions, talk with other smart people over drinks or dinner, go on long walks. And then write a whole bunch more. Don’t worry that what you write is not very good and isn’t immediately usable. You get ideas when you write; you don’t just write down ideas.

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Mark Warnock is the founder and General Editor of Seminary Survival Guide.com. He serves as Associate Pastor of First Baptist Church of Columbia, Illinois, and is a Ph.D student in Christian Philosophy at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is working with Ed Eubanks on a book on how to survive seminary.

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  1. Britt Treece says:

    Yes! I absolutely agree! “Writers sit at their desks for hours, wrestling with ideas.” As a literature and Bible teacher, I struggle to get this across to my students. How do we relate the raw wrestling match that writing is? How do we turn drudgery into dreamscaping?

    These are the thoughts that have me in a figure-four at the moment . . .

    Thanks for picking the articles back up, Mark! Any way I can help?

    BT

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