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Writer habits: day 12- Provoke

The word “provoke” always makes me think of poking a crocodile or bear with a stick… just to see what happens. Blood pumping, heart thumping seconds full of movements that build a great story. There is danger in the action, a risk to limb and life. In the same moment, there is adventure, courage, and freedom.

If a writer never provokes their readers, they are either a coward or exceptionally boring. Either way, they don’t deserve to write.

So am I boring? Am I a coward? Will I brave the sleeping beast, prod it with my pen point, and face that moment of terror and freedom?

This might sound a bit grandiose or a bit melodramatic… but it’s true. If I am taking my identity as a writer seriously, I have to acknowledge that I am writing to say something. I have a voice and a message. The heart of that message is change I believe would make our lives and indeed the world a better place. So, if I’m writing for change and I never challenge the way things are, never ask the hard questions, never stir the blood and brains of my readers, how am I remaining true to my message?

This isn’t to say that I should write nothing but hell fire, brimstone, and calls to take up arms. In the midst of my wandering prose, in the middle of my poetry, within the themes and topics of my words there needs to be a core. Some passionate spark needs to be seen in my writing; something in these words needs to make you and I both uneasy, uncomfortable, and unsatisfied. Otherwise I am a coward, hiding from my voice and my message in a garden of useless letters.

So, what is your message? What is worth you provoking the sleeping bear? Or are you a coward?

Writer habits: day 11- declutter

Clutter clutter everywhere and not a space to think. The normal days of life are full of things that cling to me, like cat hair to velcro. Between being a dad, a husband, working full time, trying to maintain relationships with other friends and family, and trying to be present to my Jesus community… well that’s a lot of… Continue Reading

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Writer habits: day 10- share

I am a writer, but I am also a reader. I write in the midst of reading and interactig with other people. A community exists, ad I am a part of it. Part of being a good writer is using these words of mine to point out other peoples words you should be reading. This is’t… Continue Reading

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Writer habits: day 9- connect

Being a writer is not something I can do in isolation. It’s dangerous to go alone. Isolation leads to loneliness, which feeds the beast of critical self doubt. It is a path that begets broken dream and cast aside hope. So, instead of locking myself in a remote cabin, I am practicing my dream, my… Continue Reading

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Writer habits: day 8- build

Two and ten. Two books and ten other writing drafts. That is what my drafts folder looks like. Words gathered together in sentences paragraphs and half formed ideas. Things I am working on; words I am writing. I wrote about starting ugly, about the need to simply begin and let the start be raw, undefined,… Continue Reading

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