Tim Keller on Pastors and Writing

Josh Blount posted an interview with Tim Keller on the topic of pastors, writing, and ministry on the Gospel Coalition blog today. The short interview is packed full of wise words, especially for young pastors who desire to be published writers:

I do get approached often on this subject. And I say this: write essays and chapters, not books yet. Hone your craft through short pieces and occasional writing. But don't tackle books yet. Writing a whole book takes an enormous amount of energy and time, especially the first one(s). But as a younger man you aren't being fair to your family or your church if you are giving the book the time it warrants. And you aren't being fair to the reading public if you don't. This way you can prepare for writing your first book later.

Keller also discusses his own writing practices. For example, which disciplines have helped him to become a better writer:

Reading. That is far and away the most important discipline. You must read widely in general for years before you become capable of recognizing good writing. And then before you write a book on a subject, you should read 20 or 30 good books on the subject carefully and skim another 20 or 30. If you just read three or four (and refer to another three or four), your book will be largely a rehash and will offer few fresh insights.

Take a few minutes and read the entire post here.

Link List for May 24, 2013

Echoes of Eden: Reflections on Christianity, Literature, and the Arts (eBook) | Ebooks | Crossway

The digital version of Jerram Barrs' new book, released this month, is on sale for just $2.00. Through Crossway only.

#055: How to Read a Non-Fiction Book [Podcast] | Michael Hyatt

Michael Hyatt offers ten great tips for reading non–fiction books quickly. For example, don't feel like you need to finish every book you start. Some books, Hyatt argues, simply aren't worth finishing. Good advice from someone who spent years working in the publishing industry.

Leadership from the Heart - Posts - "Twenty Points On Leading Twentysomethings."

Twenty takeaways from Brad Lomenick’s new book, The Catalyst Leader, for those who lead and work with twentysomethings. I haven't yet read The Catalyst Leader, but it's on my list.

5 Reasons I Switched to Scrivener for All My Writing | Michael Hyatt

More from Michael Hyatt. In this blog post he explains how he uses Scrivener, a powerful writing tool for the Mac.

Link List for May 23, 2013

Evernote Blog | Evernote Reminders Are Here on Mac, iOS and Web

Evernote rolled out some new features today. You can now set date and time–based reminders for individual notes in addition to creating note–based to–do lists.

Stairways Software releases Keyboard Maestro 6.0

Version 6.0 of Keyboard Maestro was released yesterday, including a long list of improvements and new features. Keyboard Maestro is definitely one of the most underutilized apps on my machine.

Put Your Mac to Sleep with iOS Drafts — MacSparky

This clever little trick allows you to put your Mac to sleep remotely using your iOS device.

Essential OmniFocus Scripts and Workflows

A running list of tips, scripts, and workflows for OmniFocus.

The Inigo Montoya Guide to 27 Commonly Misused Words | Copyblogger

This post will literally help you improve your grammar.

The Discipline of Habit

The late Donald Murray, Pulitzer Prize–winning writer, on the habit of writing:

I do not wake singing, 'To writing, to writing, I will go.' I drag my rump to the desk by habit. Most of the time I like being there, but I never like going there.[ref]Murray, Donald. Writing for Your Readers: Notes on the Writer's Craft from The Boston Globe. Old Saybrook, CT: The Globe Pequot Press, 1992.[/ref]


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