Word by Word

Practical insights for writers from Jessica P Morrell

Stalk your Calling

We can live any way we want. People take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience–even of silence–by choice. The thing is to stalk your calling in a certain skilled and supple way, to locate the most tender and live spot and plug into that pulse. This is yielding, not fighting. ~ Annie Dillard, Live Like […]

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Annie Dillard: The Death of a Moth

I cannot mention often enough how noticing, or awareness is a writer’s obligation. A necessary ingredient to our days. A tool that deepens and changes the way we walk in the world.  Here’s an example that proves this from Annie Dillard. “One night a moth flew into the candle, was caught, burnt dry, and held. […]

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