Goins, Writer

On Writing, Ideas, and Making a Difference

Tools for Teaching Yourself

When I was a junior in college, my roommate Andrew was a senior and preparing to graduate. Shortly before he finished school, I asked him, “Are you going to miss it? Learning, I mean.” He responded that he would not, because he intended to continue learning long after receiving his Bachelor’s degree. “I’m actually looking forward to becoming a self-learner,” he said. He told me about how his dad, a successful realtor, had been studying a different American president each year for the past several years, reading biographies and all that he could about these influential men of history. He […]

Author Shauna Niequist on Good Writing Practices

Shauna Niequist

What does it mean to write well? How does a writer get good?

Are some born with innate talent? Maybe.

Is that all there is to writing? Absolutely not.

Most good writing, I’ve found, is a result of practice (and a lot of rewriting). I like what author of the book Cold Tangerines, Shauna Niequist, says in this blog post about the discipline of writing. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

Are Christians Writing “Edgy” for the Wrong Reasons?

Graffiti Photo

Sometimes in our quest to usher art in to the world, we artists can cross the line. Certain projects involving urine and crucifixes come immediately to mind as potential candidates.

But what about the importance of uncensored expression? What is a creative to do in this distracted world where sometimes shock value is the only thing that grabs an audience’s attention? As a person of faith — and a writer — I am constantly struggling with these questions.

Do You Write Like Coldplay?

I’m listening to Coldplay’s song “Fix You” as I write this. In a simple, but powerful climax at the end of the song, Chris Martin sings: Tears stream down your face When you lose something you cannot replace Tears stream down your face I promise you I will learn from my mistakes Lights will guide you home And ignite your bones And I will try… to fix you A friend I know said she “had an encounter with God” listening to this song. There’s just something about it that’s electric. The lyrics, while interesting and somewhat compelling, aren’t all that […]

Who Is Your Favorite Writer? (13 Authors, Bloggers, & Sources of Inspiration)

Who is your favorite writer?

For me, there are several writers that I appreciate reading — it varies depending on my mood.