Write the Things Worth Writing

One of my favorite movie lines comes from the Rob Reiner film The American President, starring Michael Douglas and Annette Bening.

In the midst of a bunch of political melodrama, the president (Douglas) says, “We fight the fights we can win.”

And then, in a magical moment of movie history, the subservient speech writer Lewis (played by Michael J. Fox) who has stuck to his boss’s side throughout the years, retorts with defiance: “You fight the fights that need fighting!” It’s inspiring and compelling. Read the rest of this entry »


Writers Don’t Write to Get Published

Real writers don’t write to get published. They write to write.

I don’t think that I’ll ever approach writing the same way again after reading Madeleine L’Engle’s Walking On Water. She helped me understand that writing (or any creative effort) is an incarnational activity. That is, you embody at least a part of the spirit of God when you write.

So, according to that rationale, to write towards the end of self-glorification (i.e. getting published) is a blasphemous, if not at least a tad selfish.

On a practical level, if you can’t write and experience fulfillment through the sheer act of creating, you better give up. Or, you had better learn how to enjoy the writing process for what it is.

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