7 Writing Tips from Brett McCracken

Since I enjoy podcasts and I enjoy writing, it’s not a shock that I enjoy podcasts about writing. One of my favorites is the Home Row podcast, hosted by J.A. Medders.

Brett McCracken (author and editor at The Gospel Coalition) was the guest on a recent episode. Toward the end of the episode, Medders asked McCracken for his best writing advice. The advice was so good, I thought I’d jot it down here. To get the full explanation behind each nugget, listen to the episode! (The advice starts around the 29 minute mark.)

  1. Good writers are good readers. Read a lot, and read broadly.
  2. Be curious about the world. Expose yourself to all sorts of inspiration.
  3. Make interesting and unexpected connections.
  4. The habit of writing is essential. Find daily rhythms of writing.
  5. A good piece of writing is made in the editing process.
  6. Be unexpected in your ideas and your writing.
  7. Avoid the hot take. Take a considered approach; don’t rush to be the first to say something.
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