I am a Writer
I found this writing prompt on Holly's blog and thought that the first question, in particular, would be a good way to share the mission and purpose of this blog. The other questions were good, too, so I went ahead and answered them.
Why Do I Write What I Write?
I want my writing to encourage people to let go of worry, and to trust in God and his amazing grace.
My goal is to use the medium of story, as much as possible, to illustrate Biblical truths and examples of God’s presence in daily life.
The three primary strands that are woven throughout my writing here are Jesus, trust, and grace because….
-I need Jesus. I want, more than anything, for Jesus to be glorified through my life and my words. I tell you about him because I want you to have the same hope and peace that I have found through a personal relationship with him.
-I write about trusting God because I’m still learning myself, how to let go of worry, fear and my desire to control everything around me. I don’t write from a position of knowing it all. I write as a fellow student, learning as I go, sharing both my successes and failures.
-I write about grace because I agree with Philip Yancey’s assessment, that it’s “the last best word”. A theological word, rich in meaning, better conveyed than explained. Grace, so perfectly conveyed in the message of the Gospel, it's the message I want to keep in front of me, and anyone who reads my words, always.
What am I Writing or Working On?
I have a book that I’m writing about trusting in Jesus. It’s a Christian living book that is primarily memoir. My work on this book has been on hiatus over the summer, as the kids are home, but I’m looking forward to giving it some more attention in the fall.
Right now, my main focus for writing has been on this blog. Other than the three main topics I already mentioned, I occasionally write about marriage and parenting. Once a month, I link up with Emily, from Chatting at the Sky, for a “What I Learned” post. I like to use that as an opportunity to share the sillier side of me, to be a little more random and personal than I usually am.
How Does My Writing Process Work?
I wrote about how I come up with ideas for blog posts here. I work in a little corner of my living room, by a window that looks out onto a courtyard. I light a candle, turn on some classical music, and pray before I start writing. I’m also usually reading a book that relates to what I write about.
I know many of you who are reading, are writers also. If you want to use these prompts, please let me know. I'd love to read your answers.