Every storyteller has a certain passion. A specific love in crafting stories. A well deep inside that feeds their inspiration. That inner passion is held in place by two things: the person you are and the person you want to be.
Before you read on, I want you to think about why you write. Is it to fill a void? To write the books you wanted to read? To show the world something? Just for the fun of it? Maybe you know, maybe you don’t yet. But if you know why you write, there’s something you should know.
You might forget.
You might forget why you write. You might forget that writing is fun. You might forget that well inside of you. You might lose sight of the passion and calling God has put in your life to write.
The thing that makes it easiest to forget is to lose sight of who you want to be. By God’s grace I am what I am, and who I become depends entirely on how much I keep my eyes on Him. I know that He feeds that fire within me.
Writers, don’t let the world put out or change your fire. If you let them change your fire it won’t last. You’ll get confused and lose yourself in the noise. If they put your fire out, you have to shut their voices out and bring it back. Stay true to the reason you write.
For me, I write the books I wanted to read as a teen. I write to inspire others toward holiness in Christ. I write about characters with spiritual convictions and a deep, obedient love for God. Not about characters who are perfect, but about ones who know to repent of sin and admit a mistake.
Even when I’m not writing fiction, my objective is the same. Show people the truth, show them Christ, show them love. That’s why I write. What about you?