Flatlander Faith

Apologetics from an Anabaptist perspective

Getting the right message out

As you may have noticed, I haven’t posted anything for a few days. Part of the reason is that we had an overcast weekend with rain and snow and the dish on our roof lost contact with the satellite. We live on a rural acreage in Saskatchewan where this is the only high-speed internet available. Most of the time it works well, but not all the time. And yes, I did mention snow. We had 5 cm (two inches) this morning, a record for this date. It’s all gone now, but snow on top of rain-soaked gravel roads made driving a little tricky for a few hours.

In addition, we were gone all day Saturday to a Christian Writers Conference. My wife was on the organizing committee and was busy keeping things running smoothly. I just sat back and enjoyed the workshops. Dr. Kevin Dautremont presented two workshops, one on character development and one on dialogue. I sat in on both and thought they were excellent. Earlier today I re-blogged Kevin’s thoughts on the conference.

Yesterday we attended church in the morning and evening and in between had dinner at the home of our daughter and son-in-law. It was our son-in-law’s birthday. He is now half my age: Ken is 36, I am 72.

Back to the subject of writing, I think many beginning writers have the idea they can make their writing more interesting by working in interesting new words and by finding innovative new ways to say “he said.” Both of these techniques draw attention to the writer and detract from the message or story that is being told.

Ogden Nash had fun playing with words, using them in new and unusual ways. I doubt that anyone else can match what he has done. Does the English-speaking world really need more than one Ogden Nash? For those of us who call ourselves Christian writers it is especially important to keep ourselves hidden from view as much as possible so that God’s message may appear.

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