Red Rhino

The personal scriptorium of Joshua Corlew.


Welcome to The Servant Scribe.  My name is Joshua Corlew and I look forward to using this blog as a place to post at least 3-4 times a week.  What will my posts concern?  I’m not certain, but I have no doubt they will range from pieces of the creative writing that I will be working on over this summer, to random thoughts about God, life and the world, to whatever cool images I come across on the internet.  The tagline for this blog is “The personal scriptorium of Joshua Corlew” which I think accurately describes my vision for this blog.  I hope that after a substantial amount of time I can return to this blog and find an abundance of material for my own perusal.

In addition to creating a personal library, there are a few other specific reasons I have for wanting to start blogging again.

1. I Really Enjoyed Blogging – As an aspiring writer, there is nothing more essential than writing daily.  Blogging required me to do that and I loved it.  I enjoyed planning topics to blog about the night before and then waking up and cranking them out.  Sometimes I enjoyed it so much I would produce blog posts in batches, while other times my creative well was so dry I couldn’t think of half a subject to discuss in roughly 300 words.  But since I forced myself to write anyways, those days were probably best for me.

2. To Help Clarify My Own Thoughts – I had been aware of this effect before, but could never put it into words.  Thankfully Michael Hyatt, the former CEO of Thomas Nelson, says it perfectly in his own blog (highly recommended): “Sometimes I joke that I don’t really know what I think about a subject until I have blogged about it.”  The same is true for me.  I think clearer and more productively when I’m writing and working things out on paper.  Part of it comes from the visual aid I get from seeing my thoughts placed into separate blocks of sentences and paragraphs, allowing me to study, rearrange and edit them.

3. To Improve My Writing – I want to be a good writer.  Heck, I won’t lie, I want to be a great writer.  I have never been good at having small goals or humble aspirations; I tend to aim big, sometimes to my detriment.  That said, my desire to be a great writer is severely impaired by my lack of writing.  A blog that forces me to write habitually should help improve my word-smithing as well as help hone my personal style.  At least, that is the goal.

C.S.S. Lewis hard at work on some piece of writing.

My writing-idol, C.S. Lewis, hard at work on some great piece of work. Or maybe just grading student’s essays.

4. To Create a Presence on the Web – I am a recent graduate and, like many graduates, I am interested in jobs, making connections, creating my personal brand and stuff like that.  I am hoping that a blog will help me build a solid web presence over time.  At worst I hope to take part in some great discussions over some of my posts with people I might never meet in person.

5. To Glorify God – However good my writing may be or ever become (or however bad it is), I want to always keep it purposed towards the mission and glory of God.  That doesn’t mean every post is going to be spiritual-centric, but ultimately, I want my blog to matter.  Pointing to Jesus is the surest way to make sure that happens.

If you are interested in subscribing or returning to my blog I would be honored.  Thanks for checking out The Servant Scribe in the first place and I hope to see you again soon.


2 comments on “Greetings

  1. robstroud
    May 13, 2012

    You couldn’t choose a better mentor for your writing!

    • jdcore
      May 13, 2012

      Thanks! Lewis is certainly one of my favorite writers (if not outright favorite). I love his ability to take deep, abstract thoughts and communicate them so clearly and practically.

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