Tagged with Writing

Words which needle

Words which needle

The words needle me towards a response.*  They draw me gently out of my silence.  And the longing to write intensifies. But so does the silence. …the pain that comes from one’s identity, that grows out of the response to a call, can’t be escaped or pushed aside… Yet once more my words and my silence battle it out, each … Continue reading

The love of the telling

The love of the telling

Photo credit I write for me.  That’s what I say when people tell me they liked it.  I write for me but I’m glad it touched you. Or some such Christianese.  You know the drill.  (Aside: could someone please come up with a Christianese email sign-off that doesn’t make me wince?  You’d be doing us … Continue reading

When the W.I. gets theological…

When the W.I. gets theological…

Once a month or so, a handful of girls gathers in an office to read 5000 words and eat cake and drink coffee.  We usually find that a couple of the men from along the corridor manage to time their appearances at the door just right.  Ostensibly, they come to make fun of us for … Continue reading

Writing as a method

Writing as a method

After my most recent post on writing, I came across this webpage belonging to Stephen Mumford about his academic writing method.  Unfortunately I can’t remember which blog pointed me to it so can’t give them credit! The Mumford method, as it seems to have been dubbed, is quite interesting.  You need to read the link … Continue reading

Grist for the mill

Grist for the mill

So much of writing is about sitting down and doing it every day, and so much of it is about getting into the custom of taking in everything that comes along, seeing it all as grist for the mill. These words from Anne Lamott are as insightful as ever!  They pretty much describe my life … Continue reading

Because I am writing, not reading

Because I am writing, not reading

Because all I seem to do right now is write, I am not reading. Or, to be more accurate, I am reading all kinds of things.  Things about feminist hermeneutics, liberation readings of Scripture, backgrounds to Torah and approaches to Wisdom.  Things which are interwoven yet further with texts about food, hospitality and community and … Continue reading

The wrong yoke

The wrong yoke

God spoke to me quite powerfully recently.  In the college chapel of all places.  I say of all places because it’s not the place you’d choose really to have one of those charismatic meltdown moments, those moments where one minute you’re minding your own business and then the next God comes in unexpectedly, reducing you … Continue reading

An academic fresh wildness?

An academic fresh wildness?

Some months ago I photographed the page of a book I was reading because something about the language and the ideas captivated me.  I found it again last week on my iPad and, as I reread it, I began to wonder if this is an example of what fresh wildness might look like in academic … Continue reading

Iterative writing

Iterative writing

Almost all good writing starts with terrible first efforts.  You need to start somewhere.  Start by getting something – anything – down on paper.  A friend of mine says that the first draft is the down draft – you just get it down.  The second draft is the up draft – you fix it up. … Continue reading

Still learning…

Still learning…

Image credit I am not an extrovert. I knew that already, of course.  But this week has driven it into me in a whole new way.  I do not thrive if I cannot be alone at relatively regular intervals.  And this week, although filled with wonderful things, has not been an introvert’s week. Recently, I … Continue reading