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So You Want to Write a Book?

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Professor to Pastor

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I learn so much from pastors, and I’ll be blogging about one such pastor soon, and I’ve learned that I learn so much because we learn from one another. Pastors sometimes write me about cracking the code of a passage […]

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Never Alone 7

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I don’t have a commonplace book, and were I to begin, I would surely fall behind, even if it would be a rush of joy for me just to sit down to write with one of my fountain pens. How […]

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Never Alone 6

posted by Scot McKnight

Great authors can sometimes be found in magazines and journals. I subscribe to some academic journals for my field and, like the evening shadow, they are covering the entire room with their shades. Others are for just reading and learning. […]

Never Alone 5

posted by Scot McKnight

Shelves, by the way, do make a difference. If my books had made me famous or wealthy (I’d prefer the latter over the former), and if publishers thought of me as someone worth marketing lavishly (which they don’t), I would […]

Never Alone 4

posted by Scot McKnight

So, in desultory style, I bought another of Epstein’s familiar essays (which he defines as a “line out for a walk”), and then before the summer was out I had read seven books of familiar essays and four books of […]

Never Alone 3

posted by Scot McKnight

These sorts of questions and authors have kept me from reading much fiction. It is not that I don’t appreciate the authors – I often read biographies of fiction writers – or that I don’t think they have had their […]

Never Alone 2

posted by Scot McKnight

My heart, for instance, jumped when I recently re-read Dante Alighieri’s (whom a Texan friend refers to as “Danny, Ally, and Gerry”) The Divine Comedy, which title takes some brushing up against some intelligent folks to comprehend. I liked Dante, […]

Never Alone 1

posted by Scot McKnight

This is an unpublished essay I wrote a few years back and want to post it this and next week while we are in Italy wandering from one Tuscan village to another. Enjoy… Never Alone “…the truth that reading and […]

Rhythms of (a writing) Life

posted by Scot McKnight

At Messiah College last week I was asked three different times this question: “How do you manage to get all the teaching, speaking and writing done?” OK, I’ve talked about this before, but I’d like to have a conversation about […]

Faith and Fear 3

posted by xscot mcknight

Good writers have an honest, authentic, living voice, and that is one thing that is about as clear as it gets with Karen Spears Zacharias in her new book Where’s Your Jesus Now? Her father was killed in Viet Nam. […]

Faith and Fear 2

posted by xscot mcknight

Karen Spears Zacharias, like other writers, can’t write without it becoming memoir-ish and personal and personally divulging. So, in Where’s Your Jesus Now?, she doesn’t just talk about fear; she reveals her own fears.

Faith and Fear

posted by xscot mcknight

Karen Spears Zacharias is a born storyteller, and that is why I want to commend to you her new book Where’s Your Jesus Now?. I became aware of Karen at our local Barnes & Noble when I happened one evening […]

A Tip for Writers

posted by xscot mcknight

Read good writers. This is perhaps not said enough: we write more like the people we read than we perhaps know. Those who read all academic textbooks and reference books, as both undergrads and grads tend to do, are influenced […]

Our Daily Rhythm

posted by xscot mcknight

Dear Scot, Have you ever blogged about your daily rhythm? I love your blog, but I always wonder how you write so much (and keep your inbox clear)? How do you sleep very much, do housework, play with your son, […]

Fountain Pens

posted by xscot mcknight

It’s about time for me to toot a bit about the glory of writing with a fountain pen. Now before you ask, I’ve provided a link to Amazon if you want to see some Fountain Pens. About five times a […]

Finally…

posted by xscot mcknight

I got to clean off my desk. The Blue Parakeet lasted a long time and my desk kept getting messier and messier. Here are some pre- and post- pictures…

On My Musical Tastes

posted by xscot mcknight

We have an old desk top iMac on which Lukas set up for us the iTunes player. One of the very few things I can do is find “Scot’s Favorites” and click it as I begin my day of study. […]

Every Now and Then, but Rarely

posted by xscot mcknight

We have to put someone’s IP address or e-mail address on a list that recognizes that address and holds the comment for approval. (The same filter sometimes catches some of our regular commenters unintentionally.) However, this post is not about […]

Lark or Owl — which are you?

posted by xscot mcknight

When are you most creative? Or, should I put it more profoundly: When are you most yourself? In the early hours of the day, before most others have awakened, or after midnight, when most have gone on to the rest […]

Blogs: A Word for Authors

posted by xscot mcknight

In one brief prohibition: If you have written a book, don’t create a blog to market your book. Now an explanation:

On Reading habits

posted by xscot mcknight

I got a letter from a pastor up in Seattle, and in it he had these questions: –how many book do you usually have going at a time? –how do you mark-up/make notes in your books? –how do you file/make […]

A spot of distinction

posted by xscot mcknight

Recently I was filling up my Visconti Van Gogh fountain pen, drawing ink through the converter from a bottle of Parker black ink, when I somehow got a little ink on my finger. I wondered if anyone would notice, not […]

Can you cite a blog?

posted by xscot mcknight

Matt Wiebe, one of our blogfriends, is wondering about something. Is it academically responsible to cite a blog? Are they reliable sources? You can make comments here, of course, but I’d like to know if “research methods” teachers (at any […]

The Year in Blogging: Lessons

posted by xscot mcknight

1. To ape some old words, one can either write a blog or read a blog, but one can’t normally be good at both. Personally speaking, I’ve not done as well at the latter as Kris has and I’ve not […]

On Fountain Pens

posted by xscot mcknight

Last night as I sat at a table to sign a copy of The Real Mary for someone who asked, a very kind young woman from England, Helen, observed that she liked my fountain pen. Which of course made me […]

The Blogger’s First Commandment

posted by xscot mcknight

I was reading a post at another blog this week when a thought occurred to me that had been triggered by a letter to me from RJS (a faithful blog reader here). This blogger, and I have no desire to […]

When you write to me

posted by xscot mcknight

Folks regularly write to me to tell me they appreciate that I’m accessible on this blog, and the letters I’m getting are both encouraging and in need of a little bit of a response. The first thing I want you […]

Writing — On the Side

posted by xscot mcknight

If I’ve been asked this once, I’ve been asked it 500 times: “How do you do it?” And by that my questioners want to know how I have time to teach, write books, take care of this blog, and speak […]

Westminster and Writing for the Church

posted by xscot mcknight

I must confess something: I love seminaries. Other than the obvious — teaching and training pastors and missionaries and evangelists and the like — what I like most is the rhetorical level. Using theological words brings me pleasure, the kind […]

Lil’s Little Green Pen

posted by xscot mcknight

After four days of editing my Mary ms, I’m about to write a brief note to my editor, Lil Copan, to tell her that writing in green instead of red doesn’t lessen the pain. Sure, sure, I’ll tell her, the […]

An Ode to Lil

posted by xscot mcknight

Yesterday, sitting in the living room sipping on coffee and peeking out the picture window, I was waiting for the FedEx man to arrive at our home because the edited manuscript of The Real Mary was scheduled to arrive before […]

How many of us are there?

posted by xscot mcknight

Jordon Cooper, blogger par excellence (I used that French because he’s Canadian and want to establish a little credibility), posted about me yesterday and I aim to set the record straight today. He wonders if there is a clone out […]

What I would do differently?

posted by xscot mcknight

If I were to go back to the beginning of my academic career, say when I began teaching and writing, what would I do differently that would help my reading and writing? That’s an easy one, because I know exactly […]

On Marking Books

posted by xscot mcknight

The blog yesterday about my desk and what I thought was clutter, but which I’ve now learned was quite tidy, generated a question: How to mark the books I read? Well, that’s a good one because I’ve given it more […]

On finishing a book

posted by xscot mcknight

I speak for myself, but by the time I have finished a writing project my desk has gotten so cluttered it embarrasses me. The first thing I do after I print out the manuscript or send off the electronic versions […]

Reading words and letters

posted by xscot mcknight

From Michael Russell, who hails from College Station, TX:

On Memoirs and Autobiographies

posted by xscot mcknight

I don’t blog much on Saturdays and Sundays. But, I’ve been away and now it is all spilling out. So… here’s a bit to read on defining memoirs.

On ending a letter with “Blessings”

posted by xscot mcknight

Some years ago I was writing a letter to my good student-friend, Akiva Cohen. He had written to me and closed off with something in Hebrew, so I thought I’d sign off to him in Hebrew. I used the word […]

Fountain Pens: Christmas Suggestions

posted by xscot mcknight

If you are going to spend some money on a Christmas present, I reason to myself, you might as well spend it on something that will last. So, I suggest a fountain pen if you are so inclined:

Celebrity culture, writing, and the Church

posted by xscot mcknight

A recent meandering through the new biographies at Barnes & Noble confronted me one more time with a bald fact of our time: people want to read biographies with salacious details or biographies of celebrities who have achieved — well, […]

My Favorite Fountain pen

posted by xscot mcknight

I ranted about Bic pens and that 57 of those little basters (a favorite word in Maine) have sold every second since the 1950s. Then I had to offer something in its place — ranting without a constructive solution is […]

Fountains Pens: Starting

posted by xscot mcknight

If you want to purchase a fountain pen, I’ll give you some tips. Unless you’re wealthy and can toss gobs of money into corners you may never again visit, I suggest that you get a good fountain pen catalog and […]

1oo Billion Bics be damned!

posted by xscot mcknight

Today I heard that Biro has now accounted for 100 billion Bic pens — disposable, now clogging up pipes, glutting our dump yards, and defying the world’s nature decomposition. So, let me urge you to stop buying Bics, buy a […]

Why “Labor” Day?

posted by xscot mcknight

I’m sitting here this morning trying to figure out why we call today “Labor” Day. A quick glance through Wikipedia’s entries on “Labour Day“, reveals that Labor Day is connected to the celebration of the contribution of workers to our […]

On Writing: A lecture

posted by xscot mcknight

The following is a lecture I gave at North Park, and at a few other places and in a few different forms. It studies “liberal arts” and then encourages writing. I shared some of these in a previous blog, enough […]

On Writing: Some Suggestions

posted by xscot mcknight

The following is a chunk of an address I gave to our Faculty. The address was called “The Professor as Scholar,” and some of it was devoted to some ideas about writing. Here are some of those suggestions. First, writing […]

On Writing

posted by xscot mcknight

Every writer likes to talk about writing, the way golfers want to talk about golfing and parents want to talk about kids, and travellers talk about where they’ve been. I’ve been asked by some e-mailers and bloggers to talk about […]

Emergent Style? The Essay Form

posted by xscot mcknight

An interesting discussion for me is whether or not to call this Emergent “thing” a “church” or a “movement” or a “conversation.” Let me weigh in with these thoughts, and then suggest what I think is the quintessential literary form […]

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