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writing as vocation

Thinking about journalism as passion and craft.
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wally metts

on 6 December 2016

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writing as vocation
writers...
as readers
as networkers
as craftsmen
BUT...
why
do you
write?
art
influence
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would you write, even if you couldn't get a job doing it?
an attitude about craft
an understanding of purpose
an awareness of providence
a tale of
three fathers...
Leax
Zinsser
Metts
for what purpose have you been designed?
see the essay at wallymetts.com
...When I found myself
endlessly rewriting
what I had endlessly
rewritten...the inner
voice I heard was
the voice of my father
talking about shellac.
...my father was a craftsman who cared more about the act of making, for the assault on perfection, than for the finished product. And it was in his work, not in the products of his work, that he approached holiness. I am learning the same is true for me, though I work not in wood but in words.
Speaking the truth in love
that we might grow up
into Him. Eph. 4:15
My father was a pastor,
a builder, a writer, an
artist— a multi-talented
entrepreneur who taught
me that words were
powerful channels of
vision and grace.
Words - so innocent and powerless
as they are, as standing in a dictionary,
how potent for good and evil they become
in the hands of one who knows how to combine them.
~Nathaniel Hawthorne
What no wife of a writer can ever understand
is that a writer is working when he's
staring out of the window. ~Burton Rascoe
“There is not a place of splendor
or a dark corner of the earth
which does not deserve…
if only a passing glance of wonder or pity.”
Joseph Conrad
"The place God calls you to is where your deep gladness and the world's deep hunger meet." Frederick Buechner, Wishful Thinking: A Theological ABC
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