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Write Better: A Lifelong Editor on Craft, Art, and Spirituality

Forty years of editing books for InterVarsity Press taught Andrew T. Le Pau a few things about what a good book looks like. He’s also had the opportunity to write a few books of his own, including multiple Bible study books. Here he gives the writing tips he’s learned across that career, covering every step of the writing process (including some interesting thoughts on whether or not to self-publish). After describing how to write well, he transitions to considering how spirituality plays into writing well, even for people who don’t consider themselves “Christian writers.”

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2012 Conference

Growing Spiritually Through Writing (and Reading!)

That I never know what I think until I write it out is not a new idea. Joan Didion said as much. As did Flannery O’Connor. As did scores of other writers.

Though I’ve accepted this as truth—that I needed to sit at my laptop and plunk out words and then sentences for thoughts to emerge, to roll around, to take shape—for nearly as long as I’ve been writing, it’s just been in the past few years that I’ve come to realize this: I don’t really even—well, hardly, even—believe what I believe about God until I write it down.

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