Today is Bonfire Night, Fireworks Night, Putting The Cat Safely Out Of Harm's Way Night. How ever you describe it, we are remembering the point in history when everything could have changed had the Gunpowder Plot not been foiled. Boom is what Guy Fawkes et al intended everyone to hear that night, and in fact for many, many years after its failure, that is exactly what we hear.
At our last meeting of the ACW group Brecks, Fens and Pens, our writing exercise was centred on a wine glass (empty, natch...) which was placed in the middle of the coffee table. Our task was to use it as inspiration for a devotional piece, and our ideas included 'the sacred among the ordinary', the light that was reflected in it, thoughts regarding communion and so on. The one which struck me most powerfully was considering what it might hold, and to extend that to us and what we carry.
does not get discarded at all. In a court of law, written evidence is admissible, whereas the spoken word can be dismissed as hearsay.
So...I sit down to write. And I am aware of the huge responsibility of what I produce. May my words be written for the benefit of others, and for His glory.
Jane Clamp is Creative Writer in Residence on the Sunday Breakfast Show on BBC Radio Norfolk and on the Thought of the Day team at Premier Radio. She has just completed the editing of her first novel and is embarking on another for NaNoWriMo.