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The writer’s learning curve

June 5, 2009

A couple of years ago I wrote this about John Piper’s book Desiring God: “Piper uses much Scripture and in depth explanation to describe his beliefs. It seems like he feels it necessary to answer every objection that has ever been raised to his ideas which unfortunately leads to some of his answers becoming long and complicated.”

It occurred to me the other day that I was doing exactly the same thing in the book I’m writing. When I wrote the rough draft a few years ago I felt the need to back up every little thing I said with a Bible verse or a quote from a well known Christian in order to ‘prove’ my point. This made my writing sound academic and ‘preachy’. So in the major rewrite that I’m doing I’m leaving out a number of the more obvious Bible verses and also some quotes.

I suspect the reason I felt the need to put in so many Bible verses was because I was feeling insecure about putting my opinion “out there” and wanted to back up everything I said with Scripture. However these days I’m feeling more comfortable about people disagreeing with my ideas. I guess it’s something blogging has taught me! Also I’ve learnt that when someone disagrees with my ideas it doesn’t mean they disagree with me as a person.

I guess it’s all part of the writer’s learning curve.

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