My Writing Process, Step 3: Read 3 Pieces Before You Start

Dear you, With tons of help and borrowed insight, you’ve been recovering. That’s so good and hopeful. Don’t forget to celebrate! It’s involved relearning compassion for the small things, and it’s been life-changing, as well as a long time coming. Specifically, you now know you started life like so many men, crying. And like too many men, you could die
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My Writing Process – Step 2: “Let the Theme Rise Organically”

Instructions for living a life: Pay attention. Be astonished. Tell about it. – Mary Oliver, “Sometimes” God, save me from the productivity that would sacrifice everything you’re doing in me to chase an image of “supposed to.” So naturally, after step 1 comes step 2. “Step 1: Set Out to Return” posits that submitting to what God is calling you
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Why Do We Do This? Thoughts on Writing and Letting Your Life Speak

There’s a cage I’ve known. For longer than I care to remember now (the archive in the sidebar shows 2004), I’ve questioned why I write. Why I feel like I should. It wasn’t enough just to say what Parker Palmer says in Let Your Life Speak.  As young people, we are surrounded by expectations that may have little to do with
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On Process – My Writing Life – Step 1: Set Out to Return

“We should go forth on the shortest walk, perchance, in the spirit of undying adventure, never to return; prepared to send back our embalmed hearts only, as relics to our desolate kingdoms. If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again; if you have paid
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For Writers, Is Living Love a Process?

“Success has little to teach us during the second half of life. It continues to feel good, but now it is often more an obstacle to maturity than a positive stimulus toward it.” ― Ronald Rolheiser, Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity The day’s list of projects is looking mighty long. I know enough by now to
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