Tag: writing

A jeweler’s hammer

“One line of a poem, the poet said – only one line, but thank God for that one line – drops from the ceiling.  Thornton Wilder cited this unnamed writer of sonnets: one line of a sonnet falls from the ceiling, and you tap in the others around it with a jeweller’s hammer.”

This from Annie Dillard, in her essay, “The Writing Life”.

I puzzle at how to start, or, more accurately, RE-start my writing life.  I realize, after listening to her speak to me in her essay, that MY inspiring phrases may indeed be like the poet that moved Thornton Wilder who in turn moved Annie Dillard.  Who am I to question the pedigree of this bounty?

Many years ago, in another phase of my life, I filled several pages of a journal with snapshots, vignettes, thoughts, glimpses of stories that I needed to flesh out with words.  I know that book is around here somewhere, but it’s surely dusty.  I’ll bet the spine will creak when I open it to find my store of treasures.

I’ll go take a look.

The reason why

Hi. I decided that since I have so many theories and opinions about life, and since I love to write, I’d just plain old start a blog.  If you’ve made it this far, you have a computer, so are part of at least the 20th century.  If you actually did the clicking on the links that you had to use to get here, then welcome to the 21st century!

I have always been one of those ‘write-the-paper-at-the-last-minute’ kind of guys.  I have an ambition to turn in to a real writer, but the problem is that there is never a due date for ambition.  No teacher is ever going to say to me, “OK, Locke, your writing career starts tomorrow or your fail”.  It’s like college, but even less structured.  No one will criticize me for going to my day job, working hard, coming home and starting the whole thing over tomorrow without any attempt at launching this writing career.  But, this will help me get started (even if it isn’t pass/fail).

All that to say, I may as well write down what percolates through my head anyway.  Thanks for reading, and God bless you.