I just read two great blog posts by James K.A. Smith on writing. In Writing (and) Theology, he expresses disappointment with the theologian’s tendency to focus on content to the neglect of form in their writing. In (Unsolicited) Advice for Young (Theological) Authors he encourages us aspiring writer-theologian types to heed the wisdom of the established publishing houses when they reject our proposals. After I type this blog entry, I can click the icon to my right in my dashboard reading “Publish” and it does not matter if I have used proper grammar or mispelled any words (I just misspelled “misspelled,” by the way—did anyone notice?). And the content could be ridiculous, something I came up with on the fly without any thought, prayer, or consultation. But, as Smith reminds us, these established publishing houses with skilled editors serve as gauntlets for our writing. Being published has a wide range of meaning nowadays, so I appreciate Smith’s warning—”don’t confuse printability with publishability.”
And now, I click “Publish”….