my new motto

I’m at Calvin College for their remarkable, and remarkably huge, Festival of Faith and Writing, and yesterday afternoon I was introduced to the poet and memoirist Mark Karr, author of The Liar’s Club. She asked me how I happened to write a book about sin, and I replied, “Don’t they teach you in writing workshops to write what you know?” “Is that what they say?” she answered — Karr of course teaches writing workshops — “I thought it was ‘Reap what you sow.’” I told her that maybe the secret was to link those two together, in sequence — and all of a sudden I have a motto for my life as a writer. First you write what you know, then you reap what you sow.

A song of this title could also be a big country music hit, I think. In the right hands.