last week i asked you to teach me about writing.
and amy had something to say about it:
I write because I have discovered that it is the best way for me to sort through things. I always write my heart, the things I’m being convicted of and the things I’m learning. Most of all, I write because I feel God is calling me to share these things with others around me.
i write for many of the reasons, and i believe it’s integral to write what you believe in. to write what you know. to what what you’ve seen, heard, felt.
i believe you should write your story, whether you write about events that actually happened to you or you write about characters that only exist in your mind yet. because your story is one of salvation, of redemption, of light crushing the darkness.
i have written two novels. in the second, particularly, i wrote about the aftermath of something of which i was acutely aware at the time, processing what i didn’t understand, learning things about who i was, writing because i was and still am compelled to write about a love i can’t comprehend. and in doing so, i learned a lot about myself, about God, about everything, really, and i mean that quite literally.
none of those characters exist but in my mind. and yet, without that behind me, i would not be here today. i would not be writing these words – these literal words your eyes are reading this very moment – if i had not written those many words first. because neither story is about me – they’re both about Him, about the way His love is made manifest to us.
in that novel, i wrote a story that bears no resemblance to my own.
in that novel, i wrote a story that bears all resemblance to my own.