Yesterday at Allume

writingYesterday was a full day at Allume, and I was going, going, going from breakfast until late last night. I met so many wonderful people and heard many beautiful stories of life, love, rescue, and redemption. In the next few days, I plan to write about some of the sessions I attended and share some of the things I was privileged to hear, but this morning I’ll just say this.

I went to a session with an author I’ve loved for several years, Tim Willard. Tim is a beautiful writer and has a way with words that is captivating. He’s just returned from Oxford University where he was working on his PhD. HIs dissertation title is Beauty in the Writings of CS Lewis. He is a fellow Gordon-Conwell graduate of the Charlotte campus and graduated a year ahead of me. Our paths did not cross while in school, but we had many of the same professors and both have such a fondness for our time there. One of the things Tim talked about in his session was how much to write, what kind of words to use, and some of the details of using language. Tim’s advice to us was this:

Stop writing so much. And make what you do write really good.

I almost laughed out loud when he said this, given the irony of the fact that I’m participating in this 31-day writing challenge. Later as I had the chance to talk with Tim after the session, I told him about my 31-day thing and how I couldn’t wait to write less. Putting words on a page 31 days in a row is tough. Thanks for being patient with me as I finish our this challenge!

*photo credit OuadiO


  1. Tracy Walker on October 18, 2015 at 10:03 pm

    I’m so sorry I missed Allume, your session sounds great and I can’t wait to read more about your time there. I’m just starting out on this blog thing. Would you have any suggestions for other conferences coming up in the near future? Enjoyed your post!

    • melodyreid on October 19, 2015 at 12:23 am

      I would definitely recommend taking Micah Murray’s Clumsy Bloggers Workshop. You can do it at your own pace online and it has been instrumental in helping me figure out some of the blogging world.

  2. Elaine on October 18, 2015 at 11:13 pm

    Melody, so I’m curious – what did he have to say in regards to writing for 31 days? 🙂 What a great opportunity to have gone to this conference! So glad for you! ~ Clumsy Blogger Friend. 🙂

    • melodyreid on October 19, 2015 at 12:21 am

      We really didn’t talk specifically about the 31-day thing, but I did tell him I was doing it and that I was going to finish it. I just felt inspired after it’s over to write less but to make my words matter more. Thanks for taking the time to comment!

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