[This post is part of the 10 Books On… series]
Sometimes, I think I was a better writer before seminary.
Though it would be hard to prove it, I think you could easily see that before being immersed in academic reading for years on end, my voice came through my writing more clearly, and I was probably more understandable. I wouldn’t trade away the reading though (most of it at least), but it did not do wonders for my ability to communicate through the blogging medium.
Thankfully, I realize this, and have for quite some time. You’re probably wondering why I didn’t seem to do anything about it, and rightly so. The truth is I very well could have, but much of what I’ve learned about writing comes into play in the editing phase, and if you haven’t noticed, much of my blogging is unedited (surprising, I know).
This will change in the coming weeks and months, mostly thanks to the book you see to your right (or above if you’re in RSS). After spotting a recommendation in tweet from Jim Hamilton, I picked up Roy Peter Clark’s Writing Tools: 50 Essential Strategies For Every Writer. So far it has been eye opening, and looking at the workshop assignments he gives at the end of each short chapter shows I’ve got my work cut out for me.
You may see me posting less, or at least posting shorter, but I’d value your feedback on whether or not you see the clarity of the posts improve in the coming weeks/months. I want to spend more time refining and crafting posts rather than shooting them out quick fire style. I’d still like to post 5x a week, but also want to provide valuable content. Striking a balance may be tricky, but I think it will be worth it for both of us.
Along these lines, I thought I’d share the other 9 books that have helped shape my approach to writing. When I take the time and care, these books are what have helped me write well in the past and will continue to do so in the future. So without further prefacing, here are the 10 books on writing you were promised in the blog post title: