I’ll Keep Writing, Thank You Very Much.

Dennis Sanders

Dennis is the pastor of a small Protestant congregation outside St. Paul, MN and also a part-time communications consultant. A native of Michigan, you can check out his writings over on Medium and subscribe to his Substack newsletter on religion and politics called Polite Company.  Dennis lives in Minneapolis with his husband Daniel.

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  1. Damon says:

    If you’re writing because you want to, screw the opinions of others. If you’re trying to make it financially writing, that may be another issue. But if you’re doing it because you’re passionate about it, that’s all you need….to satisfy your soul. Somewhat related: I was having a convo with a person at the gym-he was unsatisfied with how he was rolling on the mat. I said “everyone advances at their own pace, there is nothing to be worried about. You’ll make blue belt in due time if you keep at it.

    Keep at it Dennis. Do it for you. In the end, that’s all that matters.Report

  2. Jaybird says:

    Damn straight.

    The most satisfying thing in the world is figuring out how I want to phrase a particular insight. Making sure the “not” is in front of the proper word. Getting the *PERFECT* adjective and then rewriting the phrase and saying “you know what, I should take the adjective out.”

    Keep on keepin’ on. And those people who ask if you should really be writing? Forget them. Not a single one of them understands.Report

  3. Ditto to Jaybird and Damon. And ditto to this:

    Some days I’d like to hear more positive words from others. I liked to be told how I can be a better writer instead of just telling me no.

    I’ve occasionally been unkind to others about their writing. When I am, it’s almost always because I don’t like them. Therefore, it’s a personal attack (by me) that’s more about me than their writing.

    Speaking only for myself, writing for the public* is really, really hard. And it’s personal. I usually have a thrill as I compose something and then hit “submit.” But then I worry about…..being out there. It’s a strange feeling. It’s not primarily that I’m worried about what others will think or how they’ll respond (although I do). It’s also just a sense of vulnerability.

    At any rate, keep on writing. I really appreciate your contributions here.

    *By that I mean “writing for blogs that unlike my personal blog, have an audience and comment culture.” I’ve written some very short things, like encyclopedia entries or book reviews for academic journals, and the whole thing works out differently. It’s still hard (for me), but hard in a different way. And not nearly as fun.Report

  4. North says:

    Please do keep writing Dennis! You are good at it and we need you!Report

  5. greginak says:

    Keep up the good work Dennis. Your writing style is just fine. I always like to read your stuff.Report

  6. Bryan O'Nolan says:

    You’re good; keep writing. If you love the process, that’s what matters most. Love the piece!Report

  7. Michael Cain says:

    Yes, please. When a Dennis Sanders post shows up, I read it. I don’t always agree with you — in fact, I may disagree more often than I agree — but you always make me think about why I disagree.Report

  8. Burt Likko says:

    Back when I was EIC, I remember something I wrote to you behind the scenes, which I wrote to a lot of people behind the scenes. I stand by this advice, for you, for everyone else I gave the advice to, for myself, and for anyone else interested in the quality of their writing.

    Write what the Muse sings to you.

    If you do that, you aren’t going to go wrong. Some people might not like it, but that’s their problem. Maybe it won’t sell to a magazine, which is only a problem if you’re looking to support yourself financially with your words. Readers of good faith will recognize the Muse’s handiwork through your words and love you for giving us the result.

    Dennis Sanders has ALWAYS written what the Muse has sung to him. And I love reading Dennis Sanders as a result. As you can see, I’m not the only one.Report