Bookmarks, Jan 23

Every so often I end up with a set of bookmarks on the same topic. This week they’re on reading and writing – two things I’m trying to do more of. Enjoy.

How to Write with Substance

By Gregory Ciotti

I’m no writer, that’s why I love these articles.

Writing that is “too wide” tries to explain everything but ends up saying nothing. Part of writing well is deciding where one piece ends and another begins. If you don’t hold the line, you’ll be dragged around by it.


11 Ways To Write Better

By Joshua Fields Millburn

If you want to write better, check out these tips.


How to Finish Over 100 Books in 2016

By Tim Challies

I decided I wanted to take my own reading challenge this year (I’m only shooting for 50). I am excited to be underway and working on incorporating these three habits into my reading.

It would be better to master fewer books than to lightly skim hundreds of books just to say that you have read them. That is not the point. But I have found that I can get a surprising amount of reading done by establishing the following three habits.


Going All-in With Ebooks

By Tim Challies

I’ve made a commitment to read more this year. Challies is shooting for over 100 books. I’m going for 50. In this venture and think long term (mostly regarding portability but also about reference), I’ve started to contemplate eBook versus paper. Ironically, the book I’m having the greatest trouble with his Challies Do More Better. I appear to struggle with committing more than he as I can’t even commit to go digital for one book. But, as he says, “… I’m going to do it. I think. Here I go. Probably.”

I think he may have fallen into a common trap we encounter when we transition from an old medium to a new one. We tend to want the new medium to mimic the old one and judge the new in light of the old. What we fail to account for are the ways in which the new is superior, in which the new is something entirely new.

A response post from Logos.


7 simple ways to read more this year

By Anne Bogel

In an effort to read more this year (as I said above, I’m shooting for 50 books), I’ve already started implementing most of Anne’s tips.

The second approach is to build reading into your days, in advance and on purpose. Schedule yourself a reading time. Plan for a regular reading break with your coffee or lunch or the kids’ after school snack. Put a great book by your bed and commit to reading a chapter before turning out the light every night. If you plan to read, you will read more.


If you’re not a writer, I at least hope some of these help you with your reading. If you read any great articles this week, I’d love to hear about them.