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Reading and Writing Music


I live in an active home and regretfully I have a difficult time reading or writing when there is noise. Since I can’t always get away from it, I put on my headphones and let instrumental music fill my mind instead so I can be free to read or write.

Accordingly, I wanted to share some of my favorites. I know there are countless examples of instrumental videos I could post but these are beautiful and long enough to serve the purposes I have in mind. I hope you find them helpful. Read more…


Keep on Writing for God


J. Randal Matheny made some nice comments about me today and I greatly appreciate them. He is a dear friend and colleague.

He wrote,

About three weeks ago, columnist and former managing editor Richard Mansel wrote his 500th consecutive article here on Forthright. He’s never missed a single week. He holds a Forthright record that will likely never be beat. We’re grateful for Richard’s consistent, quality articles. We count him as a good friend and coworker in the gospel. His contributions continue to enrich our lives and we pray the Lord will increase his fruitful harvest in his upcoming change of ministry.

I’m proud of this milestone and now I press on to 520 weeks or a full 10 years of consecutive articles at Forthright Magazine. I’m thankful that they allow me to write for such a wonderful site and to share with such a great staff of writers.

Writing to the glory of God is as great an honor as exists on earth and I am deeply privileged to have the chance to serve Him in this manner. I pray my health allows me to do so for years to come. I have too much more to say. Thanks to all my readers who make it possible.

Review of “Dancing on the Head of a Pen” by Robert Benson

Robert Benson

Blogging for Books provided me a copy of “Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life” by Robert Benson in lieu of a review.

Benson is an experienced writer and the author of several books. This slim volume can be read in an hour or two. In it, he covers the mindset, persistence and imagination necessary to the life of a writer.

There aren’t really any new revelations here but Benson’s passion is infectious and writers can find an infusion of motivation here to help them persevere in the lonely work of writing.

His first chapter refers to writing as “the dark marks on a page,” and I really liked that imagery.


Review of K.M. Weiland’s Annotated Jane Eyre


“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” (Stephen King).

We cannot be effective writers unless we are fueled by powerful words. It’s impossible to overestimate the importance of filling our minds with quality writing. Learning from the best accelerates our own growth as a writer.

When we read the best, we accomplish several things.

  1. We’re edified by reading.
  2. We’re elevated intellectually by the story.
  3. We’re enriched by the writer’s craft. Read more…

Seven Ways to Build Tension in Your Writing

The following clip from the film, “No Country for Old Men,” presents an honors class for writing an unforgettable scene.

In this brilliantly acted and directed scene, we find a masterpiece of suspense. It builds slowly and inexorably, and the viewer is filled with dread. Joel and Ethan Coen directed this 2007 film and adapted the screenplay from a novel by Cormac McCarthy.

Without histrionics, profanity, special effects or violence, the director and the writer work together to lure the viewer into their web.

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Find Uncommon Ways to Express Common Things


A skilled writer finds uncommon ways to express common things. We must never allow average into our vocabulary. The difference between plopping down a few words and turning them until they are perfect is a chasm as wide as comparing a young boy pitching a toy football in his bedroom to the MVP quarterback tossing spirals in the Super Bowl.

Book Review: “The Illusion of Separateness” by Simon Van Booy


by Richard Mansel

A book review is a personalized event, relating our perceptions about what we have just read.

An honest reviewer will keep this in mind and be fair with their readers. Everyone has their own personal tastes and presuming that what the reviewer prefers is what everyone will want, is dishonest.

We are providing an analysis, not an edict. Read more…

Richard’s Reading Room


I have started a new page on Facebook called “Richard’s Reading Room,” where we will discuss Books, Reading, Writing and a love for learning. You are welcome to come and join us as long as you understand that we are a Christian-themed site and we do not allow any profanity or rudeness. Having said that, we will not be restricting our discussions to Christian books by any means. We need nice, knowledgeable bookworms to share our love of books! See you soon!


Remain Focused on Your Goals

“You will never reach your destination if you stop to throw stones at every barking dog.” [Winston Churchill].

People and problems will try to lure you off the path. Remain focused and keep putting one foot in front of the other. Whether you are moving slow or fast, keep moving forward. Do not allow anyone to steal your dreams.

When the journey is complete, your joy will trump any disappointment from stinging words or hasty retreats by those who once mattered to you.

Persistence is victory and treasure is in the end. Keep going every day. Happy trails.

The Informed Writer

Links to various things that I think writers might find interesting. Since we are all different, we will not all agree. But, hey, what can you expect for free. 🙂

See my other Informed Writer posts for a bevy of links.

Why Reading is Good for your Brain

Nine images from Washington Irving books

An African-American young man asks what’s wrong with reading? The culture NEEDS to change

Literary Agent is Attacked by an Author who had his Manuscript Rejected

Ten Surefire ways to Succeed in Publishing

35 Fossil Words

The 2012 Man Booker Short List

Read more…

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