The writing that I do for personal enjoyment, with no intention of anyone else reading it or publishing it, is delightful and energizing for me. Writing what I “should” be writing, however, is often less motivating, and more like hard work.
When I was around ten years old, I started writing poems and stories. The poems were light, sometimes with a bit of humor, and the stories were usually one of two types. I often wrote fantasies of the perfect life, which, at that young age, included having a cat (at that time, no matter how much I begged, I couldn’t have a cat) or the exciting adventures my cat experienced when it ran away. I also wrote about having my own adventures, full of suspense and danger, sometimes with an element of science fiction or fantasy. I love humor, and sometimes wrote silly tall tales. As a teenager, I wrote little romances, and ever since then have enjoyed writing about relationships.
I’ve always enjoyed trying to put my impressions and thoughts into words, and love the rhythm, rhyme and imagery of poetry. I originally wrote rhyming lines about everyday happenings and objects (one was “A Woman’s Pocketbook”), nature, and even Bible stories. Once I wrote the lyrics and music for a short little song about the beauty and peace of nature.
Of all the variety of pieces that I pen, these kinds make me come alive inside. I can relate to what the missionary Eric Liddell said in the movie “Chariots of Fire” about his athletic talents, “When I run, I feel His pleasure.” They say that people excel at the things they enjoy doing, and that must hold some truth because most of the works that I’ve had published are the things I love to write the most.
But shouldn’t I be writing something more serious? Something more overtly spiritual with obvious eternal value? Several times, I’ve run across comments by respected classic authors of the faith who pointed to Christian fiction writing as evidence that society’s spiritual fervor is cooling. Yet at the same time, I am certain that even fun or romantic writing changes lives and opens hearts to the true God. But I’m just not entirely sure, and it often bothers me.
What to do? I just continue to write, and trust in His faithfulness to guide me into his will.
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