Thursday, November 09, 2006

Scot McKnight on "Writing--On the Side"

Scot McKnight offers great advice in his blog entry, "Writing--On the Side." Here is a sample of his advice, but I encourage all to read the whole entry.

My explanation is simple: writing can’t be done on the side because, as James Vanoosting says it, “Writing is not pedagogy but an epistemology” (160).

In other words, writing is a lifestyle, a way of life, a way of being, a modus operandi, a way of breathing and eating and drinking. Better yet, writing is a way of learning, a way of coming to know what someone wants to know, a way of discovering.

Writing is not something to do when everything else is cleared off the desk; no, it is something that makes order of the desk. I don’t get up wondering what I will write about, but I write about what I’m wondering. (That’s almost Chestertonian.) In other words, as Augustine spoke of “faith seeking understanding,” so writing is a pen seeking understanding.

1 comment:

Steven Douglas said...

What a lovely post. It is amazing how something like this can hit you and change you just like that. I had never viewed writing that way. But it is the case. I think I'll go do some writing.

Thanks for the post Dr. Caneday.