Tuesday, December 28, 2010
10 Things I Learned About Writing in 2010 (Often the Hard Way)
2) I have been surprised that I have learned nearly as much about my own writing by critiquing other's pieces as I have by having my pieces critiqued. God uses other people's writing to show me the strengths and weaknesses of my own writing.
3) In 2010 I have been learning the true meaning of "sloppy copy." As a perfectionist, it sure doesn't come naturally to me. I have been learning how my inner critic has slowed down my productivity.
4) Reputation does matter. BIG time. People are watching, we need to remember this as Christian writers. Watch who you accept as friends, even if it is as simple as who you follow on Goodreads and Twitter.
5) Not every "opportunity" is a door we need to step through. Satan is subtle in trying to get us to compromise our witness. And we need to be just as careful with opportunities in the Christian market. I have sadly learned this the hard way in 2010, several times.
6) A good critique is worth its weight in gold. I have had the fortunate experience of being critiqued by a few wonderful people in 2010. My experience is that there's nearly always at least a kernel of truth in every critique.
7) I believe the quality of books you write will never exceed the quality of books you read. I have sadly wasted time on books in 2010 and I hope to be more choosy about my reads in 2011 by cutting down on reviewing commitments.
8) Its when my writing truly contains a piece of my brokenness and is stripped of pride that He can use it most. Ouch, it hurts to write these things to bleed out on the page.
9) Published authors are "regular folk." Yes, I know just how hick-ish this sounds, but I've been blown away by authors who have gone out of their way to help and bless me and so many others.
10) Always pray before you pick up that pen. I have most definitely noticed the difference between times when I do this and times when I don't.
What about you? What has God taught you about writing craft in 2010?