Writing tip of the day: composition is a discipline

Composition is a discipline; it forces us to think. If you want to “get in touch with your feelings,” fine—talk to yourself; we all do. But, if you want to communicate with another thinking human being, get in touch with your thoughts. Put them in order; give them a purpose; use them to persuade, to instruct, to discover, to seduce. The secret way to do this is to write it down and then cut out the confusing parts.  ~William Safire

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About Marc Cortez

Theology Prof and Dean at Western Seminary, husband, father, & blogger, who loves theology, church history, ministry, pop culture, books, and life in general.

Posted on January 3, 2011, in Writing and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Equally applicable to preaching, too – especially the excision of confusing parts.

    • Pat, great point. I’d also like to see more pastors exercise the discipline of excising extraneous illustrations. I’m all for a good illustration – use them all the time myself – but I grow very tired for sermons that are 80% illustration and 20% content.

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