I love a good story. Whether real or fictional, there is something about a well written or well told story that just tugs at my creative strings and makes me want to be a better writer. That is part of the reason I started this blog. I believe that sharing people’s stories is one of the most beautiful things, no matter how they are told. That is why art, music, and writing are all so essential to me.
I read something in one of my textbooks the other day (nerdy, I know) that basically said that people and their experiences are worth writing about. It was talking about how humans live life and try and fail in so many different aspects, but it is those attempts, failures, and triumphs that make us worth writing about. To be real with you, I have never felt more motivated by a textbook.
If there is one thing I want to do with my life, it is to be able to write honestly about my experiences and the experiences of the people around me. This is why the notepad on my phone is full of late-night ramblings, things I see on billboards that just make my imagination go wild, and realizations that occur at random times. This is why one of my life goals is to write a novel. This is why I look at life with the thought process of, “Can that be an Edevotion?”. (Unashamed Edevotion plug, if you aren’t signed up for Edevotions from Church @ The Springs, you should be! http://thesprings.net/next-steps/edevotions/. You can read from writers who are much more talented than I am!)
Think of a few of your favorite books’ first lines.
“It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.”
“There was a boy called Eustace Clarence Scrubb, and he almost deserved it.”
“In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.”
Did these authors know that their work would be remembered for hundreds of years to come? Did they know that the stories they told would be ones that people would hold on to when they needed something that was beyond them? Did they have any idea the influence they would have on the writing business?
Stories can do so much good for our hearts and souls. To read a story is to open yourself up to a new world, a world where you can learn, laugh, and cry. To write a story is to create those worlds. What can be more fulfilling than writing a good story?