Pay Attention To The World

I’m often asked if there is something I think writers ought to do, and recently in an interview I heard myself say: “Several things. Love words, agonize over sentences. And pay attention to the world.” — Susan Sontag.

Sontag’s words mean a lot as I slug daily to finish my next book. Even if I weren’t a writer, her words have significance. We are called to “pay attention to the world.” Her words apply to painters, musicians, teachers, and truck drivers.

I often hear someone say they don’t read to daily paper, watch the news, or know who to vote for. If there is anything this virus should have taught us is that the world is much smaller than we think, and we are all dependent on each other. What happens in the world had relevance to us all.

When we pay attention to the world, we honor God and his creation. To shut the world out, shuts God out as well.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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