Randy Alcorn's Blog: writing

When It Is and Isn’t Plagiarism

By Randy Alcorn | September 19, 2016
From time to time, I’m reminded of how common it is for people to believe a writer or speaker stole his or her material. Sometimes material is indeed used word for word without crediting the source, and this is unethical. But other times, people assume an idea or material has been stolen when it isn't the case.

When Is a Book Really Finished Being Written?

By Randy Alcorn | April 1, 2016
The most valuable lesson I’ve learned over the years about writing (and rewriting) is that it’s hard work. It’s energizing and draining, something I love to do and hate to do, something that’s never done because I can always continue to improve on it, but eventually I have to turn it in. 

Does Punctuation Really Matter?

By Randy Alcorn | March 16, 2016
Sometimes we have exactly the same words, but the punctuation makes a radical difference in meaning. For instance, consider the sentence “Let's eat, Grandma!” The same words with a single change in punctuation are, “Let's eat Grandma!” (Which may be an actual line in a Stephen King book.)

Why I Write Big, Small and Medium-sized Books

By Randy Alcorn | November 23, 2015
Why write different sized books on one subject? Because they’re designed to reach different audiences with varying interests and preferences. It’s my joy and privilege to write different books on different subjects for different people, meeting different needs.


By Randy Alcorn | September 11, 2015
I’m an insulin-dependent diabetic. Without a doubt, the greatest lesson I’ve learned through it is to depend not on myself, but God.

The Life-Long Process of Mastering Your Writing Skills

By Randy Alcorn | August 7, 2015
Anything that’s easy to read is usually hard to write. What’s easy to write is hard to read. I heard one author say, “Writing is like giving birth to barbed wire.” Writing is 5% inspiration and 95% perspiration.

Backslashes vs. Forward Slashes

By Randy Alcorn | November 21, 2014
Elsewhere I’ve written about many myths and outdated grammar that people routinely think are correct, and they’re driven crazy by authors who are “wrong.” 

Martin Luther on being a theologian, writer and preacher

By Randy Alcorn | January 25, 2013
As a student of theology, writer, and occasional preacher, I loved reading Martin Luther talking about learning theology, and about the “little books” some of us write and the little sermons we preach.