One of the best blogs around is Matt Appling’s Church of No People blog. I’m honored to be guest posting over there today about the first time I read a book by David Sedaris. Here’s the beginning of my post:
Four years in seminary exposed me to thick, heavy academic theology books. They were all I knew about writing. They were all I imitated.
State a thesis. Defend your thesis. Beat your head against your desk as you format footnotes. Edit to make sure your ideas are clear.
That was writing for me. I thought it was fine. Not great—just something I could do reasonably well.
I’d forgotten the years I’d spent writing silly stories in elementary school.
I’d forgotten the encouragement of my high school English teachers.
I just wrote ideas: bland, simple ideas constructed on a scaffolding of research.
By the time I started to entertain the possibility of writing full time, I happened upon Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I’d seen it release while working at a Borders Bookstore, but it wasn’t until after seminary that I started to read something other than theology or Christian living books.
And while you’re there, check out Matt’s fantastic upcoming book! Life After Art.