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The Writers Conscience And Something About A Goose Truth   Once, I was in a hotel suite arguing with some pastors. They thought their job was to tell others what to think. They believed the people in their congregations should obey them on all things great and small.  I asked them, “If 999 times out …

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Truth, Creating, And Writing Writing Life   This week, I explained to my young son why I like working for myself vs. having a steady job. On the one hand, a steady job with a steady paycheck, steady hours, and steady benefits sounds nice. But writing….   The thing about writing is that if you …

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Reader First, Last, And Always.   One of my favorite writers about writing, AJ Harper, teaches “reader first, last, and always.”    This is what I mean by being a “reader-centric” writer. It means you value your readers and you write to create value for them.    When I work with clients as a ghostwriter …

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Charisma Is For Writers You know people with charisma.   You may or may not know what it is about them that makes them “charismatic” (I’m not talking about charismatic spiritual gifts of the Holy Spirit).    According to one definition, Jesus had charisma, because He oozed the three ingredients of charisma as described by …

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Tertius The Co-Writer I’ve been listening to the Bible in the mornings on this YouTube channel. It’s awful and cheesy. I love it.    I love it because it holds my attention and I tend to remember everything and not lose focus, which is a problem with most audio bibles I’ve consumed. I also sort …

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You Will Win If . . . I wouldn’t say I am completely UN-athletic, but I was not remotely the best athlete in my school.    But, at 8 years old I won the jump rope contest for the entire second grade.    And even as an 8 year old I knew why I had …

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Should a Christian Get Their Identity in Writing? In the Christian circles I run in, identity is a big topic.    Your problem as a Christian is usually categorized as an identity issue (as well as a sin issue). Most pastors know that if the members of their churches could simply know who they are …

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WHY YOU MIGHT NOT GROW AS A WRITER By Jeff B Miller   I skied for three days last week in Colorado. I was excited to do this, because when I was 18 I skied three days in Colorado and grew exponentially in my ability. That was 33 years ago, and since then, I have …

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How To Love Life As A Christian (Writer)   I Love Life   I can’t help it. I love life. My (beautiful) wife tells me I was born with the theme song: “Always Look On the Bright Side of Life.”    Saturday was my 50th birthday and I told someone that I hoped to live …

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You are a genius.    You won’t make use of your creative power, though, unless you optimize your mind by the power of rumination.    I was discussing rumination with my mother-in-law the other day, and she made the comment, “I wish you would use some other word besides ‘rumination.’ That just reminds me too …

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