Some of my best friends are fictional.
Books such as Peter Pan by J. M. Barrie, the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas, Dragons in our Midst by Bryan Davis, and the Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson have made me into the person I am today, for better or worse, as I hope one day my own characters will do for my readers.
These characters who have become not only friends, but the best of confidants, are role models and examples of how to and how not to live your life. As readers, we root for the heroes, loathe the bad guys (unless they are Loki, in which case you fall madly in love), and ride along with them on a journey to answer some of life’s greatest and hardest questions. And writing is the same journey, only a lot harder for some ridiculous reason.
For as long as I can remember I have loved stories and come up with them easily. Movies, Music, Dancing, Books, anything and everything that has a story is of personal interest to me. I can look at a person passing on the street and see a story in their eyes and that kind of view point to life is priceless. Writing came naturally to me, but being a writer didn’t always.
Thanks to the One Year Adventure Novel curriculum I was able to complete my first novel and am currently on the path to publishing it. And I can tell you that every step of the way was worth it. I have met some of the most amazing people and some of the most epic characters along the way and I wouldn’t trade that for anything.
So if I had to answer the question “why do you write?” I would simply say this…
“We are a forgetful people. We need storytellers. We need someone to lay the drama of God’s love before us. We need to be reminded of the uncommon grace of God.”
Besides, the perfect book I have been looking for all my life hasn’t been written…yet.
Maybe I’ll write it, maybe you’ll write it. Either way we can all write our stories and we can all share our tales of adventure and redemption.