Preaching with Precision, Imagination, and Power
An Interview with Fiction Writer Bret Lott
Bret Lott is a New York Times best-selling author, best-known for his beloved novel Jewell. He teaches creative writing at the College of Charleston, where he was also writer-in-residence. Recently Bret wrote On Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian. That's the book that caught our eye at PreachingToday.com, because so many of Bret's insights about writing fiction parallel the art of preaching.
PreachingToday.com: In your recent book you write, "Precision is the most important element to crafting a piece of prose—and to crafting a poem, in fact, to crafting any piece of writing, from an obituary to a grocery list … " What do you mean by precision and how does that apply to writing a sermon?
Bret Lott: To begin with, I can't imagine the kind of pressure preachers must feel at the job of finding, week in and week out, something to say of meaning and redemption and truth and beauty and warning and salvation that will be edifying and, dare I say it, entertaining ...