Top 10 Writing Tools & Inspiration

I speak to a lot of people who write, who want to write or who like the idea of writing. What I’ve found is that people need both good writing tools and the inspiration to get writing. (I know I do!) The top two questions I’m always asked about writing are: 1) What do I need to submit a book proposal to a publisher? 2) What books will help me become a better writer?

In mentoring young or new writers, one of the reasons I started this blog was to put all of my ideas, favorite tools and resources in one place. What has emerged over the past year are a number of posts that offer the practical tools and resources I use.

Swimming in Grace

In his book Practice Resurrection, Eugene Peterson talks about grace and the art of writing. As he read poet William Stafford‘s book on creative writing, Stafford’s analogy of swimming reminded Peterson of God’s grace. This is a beautiful passage for anyone seeking to follow Christ and live a creative life in Him.

…any reasonable person who looks at water [grace], and passes a hand through it, can see that it would not hold a person up…But swimmers [followers of Jesus] know that if they relax on the water [grace] it will prove to be miraculously buoyant;

5 Specific Ways to Become a Better Writer Today

If you love to write and you’re looking for specific ways to improve your writing, I have five simple ways to help you become a better writer today. I just returned from a week’s vacation on the Big Island, where I managed to sneak in a complete read of my favorite book on writing, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King. My wife knows me all too well, yet despite her objections…

My Top 5 Books on Writing: Improve Your Writing Now

William Faulkner's Portable Typewriter

Do you want to become a better writer? You’re looking for better tools to improve your writing, but with an abundance of books on writing, where do you start? Let me help with my Top 5 books on writing. You may not be a Stephen King fan, but my number one pick is Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft.

There’s lots of good books for writers, but here’s how I respond to a question I’m asked all the time…