I have a shelf at home devoted to books about writing. I might even say I have two shelves devoted to those books now. I’ve read most of them, and some are better than others. But the best writing advice I’ve ever received didn’t come from a book.
The reality is that for every dramatic capture and for every high-profile win, there are untold days of invisible faithfulness and failure – of persevering, when the end of the story is unknown.
Just last week I was scheduled to give a keynote presentation to a group of officers from a multi-billion dollar corporation. My job was to explain how story worked in screenplays and then explain how major corporations were using Hollywood plot structures in their marketing campaigns.
This is a talk I’ve given more than few times and it always goes well. But one part of the talk was bugging me.
I’ve always been drawn to really strong leaders. Even in the midst of the most violent criticism against Mark Driscoll, I’ve defended him, arguing that for some people, his way of preaching and teaching is quite effective—especially since, for me, it was (by “effective” I mean it altered my behavior).
Last week, looking out the back window of our house, I saw our dog Hobbs standing over the carcass of a possum. He was sniffing it cautiously and had a “what do I do now?” look about him. Finally, he walked away, disappointed with the end of his chase. As he was leaving, I saw […]
A friend recently stopped by the house for dinner and we had the most fascinating conversation. As we talked, he told me he’d recently been attacked on the air by Glenn Beck. Fascinatingly, he was the second friend I’d had over for dinner who’d recently been attacked by Glenn Beck. But both of them had the same story. As he pulled up the YouTube video, I couldn’t help but wonder whether Glenn Beck even knew what either of my friends were about. Beck demonized my friend without the slightest understanding of what he represented or stood for, which looked nothing like what Beck was railing against.
Aside from a hawk I accidentally shot out of the sky with a BB gun once, I’ve never gone hunting. After seeing that first sentence written out, I guess it doesn’t even count. I think I’d like it, though.
Friends of mine who are hunters describe most of the experience as being ready and waiting in nature. They’ll wait hours, days, and even entire seasons before they finally have a kill. If you talk to someone who is not a hunting enthusiast, they might dismiss this as “sitting around in the woods.” And on paper, they aren’t too far off.
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