I had to run to Sam's club today. I always try to run through their book section whenever I can, which is about 99% of the time when I run into Sam's. I picked up a book today by Taggart & Wines titled, "My Grammar and I... or should that be me?" Even though I have a couple of graduate degrees, I still feel the need to cultivate and nurture my mind.
More to the point, I'm continually striving to improve my writing abilities. Presently, I don't have the time, money, or really even an interest in going on to further my formal "higher education." So how am I growing my skills as a writer?
Over the past couple of years (along side reading some classics) I've read a host of books on the craft of writing, composition, and several memoirs written by authors. I'm looking at this season, or chapter of my life, as my self-education. It's probably a slower process than going back to school, but nevertheless, I find myself growing all the same.
I realized some time ago that my oration skills as a preacher improve as I work on my writing abilities. Though the written & spoken word vary in the delivery, there seems to be some symbiotic relationship in increasing their quality, at least as I see it as a communicator. I've also noticed a weird correlation in higher education and ministry... Some of the best educated "theologians" I knew (not all!) had the least amount of people skills. Maybe I'm cautious that this is true of writing as well...? BTW: William Faulkner never graduated from high school, and, Kurt Vonnegut didn't finish his college education which was in anthropology...
I feel very blessed to have had several wonderful writing opportunities open up this past year. I feel my blogging has suffered recently (I'm blogging less lately) even though on the other hand I hope to have more quality ideas to blog about. Since I don't have as much time to blog, when I do, I want to be more selective in what I blog about, and do it better than ever!