Thoughts on story, fiction, writing

Some things on my mind lately in regards to writing — I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  • Real life stories touch our hearts — not more so than mythical or fictional, but in a different way. The myth of the king in a foreign land who conquered something evil stirs up hope and desire, but the true story of the plain man in a small house down a no-name street who did the same helps that hope and desire mature into the smallest seedling of faith — faith that great things can happen to me, too. Faith that I can be part of the saving of something, the returning, the redemption, the moving-forward of something important in this world. If it happened to him — he was a living, breathing person, and it was real, it was the truth of his experience — then perhaps my life can mean something, too — even if only to one other person.
  • In writing, things are so easily romanticized. My life doesn’t look nearly as spectacular in reality as it does on paper. Why is this so? Why are our hearts so easily moved with words? I think this why I became so interested in poetry in college — it fascinated me that it could touch humans so deeply, words put together in an unlikely manner. Seeing these things gives me more appreciation for the Bible. God knows our hearts and knows how to reach them — every part of them.
  • Do you think people set out to write a book and then think of what to write about, or have some thought or idea alight upon them and stir their hearts so deeply that they can do nothing else but write about it. The romanticist that I am, I would much prefer if the latter were true. Interestingly, but off subject, it wasn’t until recently that I finally admitted I was a romantic who would rather live in my mind than the real world. (For a while, I thought I was a realist because I really wanted to be a realist.) It’s much more fascinating and quite a bit simpler than messy life — but obviously not how God intended things to be. This has left me wondering for what purpose imagination exists, or why I feel such a strong pull toward that part of myself. Back to the first question, my thought is that writers begin with the more romantic notion, but then life sets in and deadlines arrive and the practicality of needing a job requires that the first notion be the more true of life experience.

I feel as if I should sift through my lecture notes and scribble something on the chalkboard.


2 thoughts on “Thoughts on story, fiction, writing

  1. Wow. I’m the exact same way. Its become a bad habit to me though…I love to live in books…in writing…and in my imagination. Too much of it can be harmful. But at the same time, its beautiful.

  2. Yes, yes and yes! I totally agree. Especially in blogging, I find I can fudge the “realness” quite a bit.

    Right now, I’m tempted to let Caleb watch his Thomas the Train video three times a day because I’m so tired. I feel nauseated all the time, I have a constant horrible taste in my mouth, my body is being completely out of sorts and I constantly wonder if I’m a bad mother because of this or that. The idea of being pregnant to me is wonderful and beautiful. It’s not all that fun though in real life. However, I think I’ll probably forget all that a year from now and romanticize pregnancy again.
    Maybe that’s a gift from God–the forgetfulness of crapiness.

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