Thanks Sarah, for allowing me to use this picture.
It ties in perfectly with today’s post.
Picture: Sarah Butland, writer. Photographer: Deborah Carr
While getting ready for work, one thought ran through my mind: I need a blog post idea. I’d just tried my hand at a poem – a very long one, I might add – and submitted it. I love challenges, and I’m no quitter. But I must say, if I weren’t writing it for a contest, I most likely would have given up. It was harder than I thought, and I’m glad it’s done.
When I posted about this “feat” on my Facebook wall (any poems longer than 9-10 lines is a feat for me), Patricia Linson, a fellow-writer commented:
“I have been told that trying to write other types of the written word is good for one’s development as a writer.” (she heard this at a conference but forgets who said it).
I agree. I enjoyed it, for the most part. The greatest lesson I’ve learned, however, writing this 473-word poem, it’s not my forte. And this exercise has given me a much deeper appreciation for poets. I tip my hat to all of them.
So, scanning my email before logging off and going to work, a heading caught my attention. It said WHY DO YOU WRITE. I glanced at my watch to make sure I had time to read it! You can read it HERE!
It was at Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writers Conference (BRMCWC for short), that M.B. Dahl, a writer, sat in one of author/speaker Cecil Murphey’s workshop who posed this question: Why do you write? Dahl goes on to say, one person shared her burden for families fighting cancer. Another offered up his desire to give hope to a grieving world.
As I read, all sorts of ideas popped in my mind. Yes, some write about personal experiences to a hurting audience who went through something similar. Others write domestic violence victims, and the list goes on. I tried hard to answer this same question.
First: Writing is one of the few things I’ve always enjoyed (I get bored easy). For this reason, I do believe it is a God-given desire. I started writing as a teenager, though I never took it seriously until a few years ago.
Second: As a Christian, I have a desire to bring lost souls to Christ, and love doing this through my stories. In my first novel, Stella’s Plea (Nov 2012), Stella becomes angry with God when her daughter nearly dies of meningitis, and loses her hearing. Just one year later, this same child disappears from the local park (This is not a spoiler, it’s in the book blurb/first few chapters). How does Stella feel about God now? Will she ever trust him again?
Third: I’ve been involved with the deaf community for years as an “interpreter” at our church. These people have always had a soft spot in my heart. I know several hearing folks who know very little if anything about them. So deafness has become a recurring theme, and in all my stories, I have at least one deaf character. And I love to dispel myths and educate my readers. Here are three myths:
a. Did you know according to the WHO (World Health Organization) 360M people worldwide have some kind of hearing loss? (328M of those are adults). Now THAT’s a lot of people, contrary to the belief that There aren’t “that many” deaf people in the world.
b. Did you know that not all deaf people can read lips? Yet, there are many who think that All of them can.
c. Did you know some deaf people can speak – and very well, I might add, contrary to the popular myth that deaf people are mute.
The three points I elaborated on answer very well the question Cecil Murphey asked in his workshop. So now I ask you to complete this sentence: I write because…
I look forward to reading your comments. Until then,
Blessings, Renee-Ann <><