Four voices a writer listens to

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We tend to think of a writer as a voice that others listen to. That’s true. But no writer reaches any measure of success unless she, too, is listening to voices herself. Here are the four voices that I listen to, in no particular order:

The craft of writing
We all have room for improvement. From time to time I’ll read an instructional book that I hope will improve my sentences and paragraphs. I even went, to a seminar, last month, on the use and abuse, of commas (can’t you tell?). Continue reading


School, job, writing, and babysitting

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Do others claim they have to babysit you?

Are you an adult?

We need to talk.

Following directions is a lost art. That’s because we prefer to do things our way or the easy way (for many, these two are the same).

We all need advice from time to time. We all need wise counsel and helpful direction in life. Continue reading


Call your mother

Jeffrey E. Miller:

Posted this blog about a year ago. Still true.

Originally posted on Jeffrey E. Miller:

telephoneMother’s Day is almost here.

Yes, mail a card. Yes, send flowers. Yes, purchase a gift.

But none of these can replace you.

Call your mother this Mother’s Day.

If you live within 100 miles, visit her.

She wants to talk to you. Give her your time and attention. Listen to her. Interact with her. Share your life with her.

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Plagiarism and Germs

UntitledI have another confession.

I’ve published more than 50 articles and written or contributed to nearly 10 published books.

I have also plagiarized. Continue reading


Ship it!

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I’m applying the expression “Ship it!” to publishing.

It’s been used in the manufacturing world for decades, when a product came off of the factory assembly line, got packaged, and was shipped to the customer.

The tech world has borrowed the term for the last decade (see How Google Works). I first heard it applied to publishing while writing as a contributing editor for Logos Bible Software during my summer sabbatical from my church.

I find there are two extreme tendencies when it comes to writers. Continue reading


Leaving your church

Jeffrey E. Miller:

Reblogging an old post about “leaving your church.” Let me know what you think!

Originally posted on Jeffrey E. Miller:

Picture14Maybe you should leave your church.

How do you know if it’s time to move on? How do you know if yours is a good reason to leave?

I get these questions a lot.

Let’s begin with the obvious:

There are a host of bad reasons to leave your church.

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