The thing you are unable to write

You should always be trying to write a poem you are unable to write, a poem you lack the technique, the language, the courage to achieve. Otherwise, you’re merely repeating yourself, going nowhere because that’s always easiest” (John Berryman, quoted in Letters & Life, by Brett Lott).

This week saw the thousandth blog from a good friend. Each post represents hours of conversation with her Creator. I can tell. When I’m with her, I think of Him.

Another friend completed her novel this week. 80k words that didn’t live together last year. And they didn’t gather themselves or float into focus. They were unruly, resisting arrangement.

For these writers, this week marks one less thing they are unable to do, and one more thing we can be grateful for.

Published by Paul Santhouse

I’m a husband and father, follower of Jesus Christ, and member of the Moody Publishers team. I've worked with gifted authors and their books for thirty-plus years, and I believe the local church is where we become the kind of people who reveal what Jesus is like. Since this is my personal blog, the views and opinions expressed herein are my own, not those of my employer. However — books, publishing, the work of the church, and learning to follow Jesus are central to my daily experience, so that's what this blog is about. Thanks for visiting! Paul

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