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The True Worth of Great Writing

I was thinking about my teaching days recently, specifically when I used to teach Shakespeare. What fun we had! Sure, we talked about poetry. The classics. The theater. But the part I enjoyed the most? Talking about life. We were able to talk about sacrifice, love, hate, adolescent egocentrism, racism, friendship, truth, personal fable, and the list goes on. Sure, …

Release Date for The Messengers: Revealed!

Pardon the super-surprised face and frizzy hair; that’s how I roll some days. Most days. But hey! I have fun news! If you haven’t looked at my Facebook page recently, I don’t want you to miss out on the next big announcement for The Messengers: Revealed. Here is is! Big news about The Messengers! Posted by Lisa M Clark on …

Poetry That Gives Pause: Lent

I’ve said this before: Poetry can be a powerful medium in so many ways. Especially in hymns and songs, I love it when there’s a moment when you suddenly become arrested with the words you’re hearing. There you are, singing along with words you know well, and suddenly you’re caught with a phrase that offers truth in a way you …

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The Scary Side of Writing

There is one thing that scares writers out of their skin. It keeps them up at night. It causes them to wring their hands, bite their nails, or exhibit whatever nervous habit they might otherwise hide. Ready for it? Readers. Crazy, right? Most people who write do so for an audience, after all. (If you’re one of those writers who …

How Long, O Lord, How Long?

I remember the feeling. I was writing a hymn text with the intent that it could be used for comfort when tragedy came. On one hand, it was fulfilling to know that these words may help others when needed most. On the other hand, it pained me to know that these words would be needed. Again and again. Tragedy is …

When There Are No Words

Some days, words fail. This may sound strange coming from a writer. And if you’ve read my writing-about-writing blog before, you’ll know that I give great importance to the power of words. But sometimes, our words seem too little, too trite, too hollow to do justice to what has just happened. In moments of extreme joy. In moments of wondrous …

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No Stranger Love

Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, and Lent. They all deal with love in profound ways. For Christmas, I shared one of my poems with you, and it just occurred to me that I could do the same today. Consider it my valentine to you. Or rather, from God to us all. No Stranger Love No stranger love the world has known …

Teaching the Messengers

Literature class. Homeschool. Confirmation class. Book club. Religion class. Youth group. These are just a few examples of how much you’ve invited Simon into your lives over the past year and a half. I’m so thrilled that you’ve found ways to talk about the Message worth dying for with people who need to hear it. And I’ve been honored to …

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Knowing Your Audience

In a previous post, I wrote about knowing your voices. The overall gist is that we all have unique voices, and we all have multiple voices. What factors affect which voice I use when? I contend that one key factor is audience. Who are you speaking to at any given time? In my examples in the previous post, I spoke …

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Knowing Your Voices

Anecdote 1: In years past, I’ve had the experience of being mother to a newborn. I spoke to my baby on a regular basis. I spoke to my husband on a regular basis. I did not speak to my child the same way I spoke to my husband. And yet each voice was truly, authentically me. Anecdote 2: In eighth grade, …