Robert Lloyd Russell
“That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving,
and tell of all Thy wondrous works.”  ~ Psalm 26:7 

My goal in writing can be summed up as follows:
I’d rather write what the Spirit guides and have no readers,
than to appeal to more readers without the Spirit’s guidance.”

Two individuals have influenced the wording of my stated goal:

“Write from the soul, not from some notion what you think the marketplace wants. The market is fickle; the soul is eternal.”  ~ Jeffrey A. Carver

“When a book leaves your hands, it belongs to God. He may use it to save a few souls or to try a few others, but I think that for the writer to worry is to take over God’s business.”  ~ Flannery O'Connor 

Ending Comment:  I like the following story:  

There was once a young man who, in his youth, professed his desire become a great writer.

When asked to define “great” he said, “I want to write stuff that the whole world will read, stuff that people will react to on a truly emotional level, stuff that will make them scream, cry, howl in pain and anger!”

He now works for Microsoft, writing error messages. 


  1. Ha, great anecdote there. And I like the quote from Flannery O'Connor. I have an article on her stories that I will be posting on my site sometime in the future - watch for it!

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