An Open Letter to Writers Everywhere

Dear Writers Everywhere,

Something that I’ve had on my mind recently is writing.  By “recently”, I mean in the past couple weeks(when I haven’t been blogging….), and by “writing” I mean blogs, newspapers, books- all the different forms, but especially the book part.

What has held my fascination for so long is my admiration for fictional story-writers.  All other writers are great in their own right, I am not saying fictional story-writing is the only good sort of writing by any stretch.  It’s just the one category that I find particularly enamoring because it’s the one I feel completely incapable of doing!  I’ve done pretty much every other kind of writing I think- research papers, poetry, speeches(very few of those, thankfully), and even short stories.  But whenever I try to do a full-blown chapter-after-chapter story, I find that I am without material.  Call me unimaginative.  Maybe it just means I’m not a very good writer.  Either way, it can’t be done, so I have a deep appreciation for fictional story writers, especially the ones who write well AND have a good story.

I think for most people, writing takes at least some effort.  You can tell me if you think I’m wrong, but it’s my opinion.  At the very least, it takes some thought.  Research papers take research and a lot of time and thought.  Poetry takes rhyming skills, imagination, and time and thought.  Speeches take at least some boldness to speak them to the crowd(and some time and thought- otherwise your audience will be disinterested).  Short stories take time, imagination, and more thought and more effort!

Now with fictional stories, you don’t have a limit on how long your audience will listen to you speak(although it’s a good thing to keep their attention!), and you don’t have any history/facts to use for your writing material like there is for a research paper.  There’s no rule for rhyming the words….You are pretty much all on your own creating content for a story.  This is what fascinates me….

It’s fascinating that you can keep all your character’s personalities straight as you write the story and keep them true to character.  It’s fascinating that you can write one chapter at a time, focusing on the “now” of the story, while still keeping in mind what you will need to accomplish for the twists and turns later in the story.  It’s fascinating that you have the imagination to come up with a story so different from anything else out there that it is worth reading versus some other story.  It’s fascinating that you don’t get bored with the story after a while, and give up).  I think that’s what I’ve done with pretty much every story I started to write- I came up with what I thought was a BRILLIANT beginning, but had nothing to follow it. I’m obviously just fascinated. 🙂

So thank you to all writers out there for being who you are.  I promise I appreciate all your work, whether it’s fictional, poetry, biographical, or one of the many other types of writing!  Reading your writing makes life more interesting.  Thank you so much for putting your thoughts, imagination, work, and time onto paper(or a computer screen).

And then there are editors and illustrators…..But I’ll save that for some other time. 😉  Have a wonderful rest of your week, and keep on writing!

How Many Heartbeats Do You Have?

An interesting thought was offered to me the other day- not revolutionary, but merely something I’d never thought of before.  And it seems appropriate to write about, since the Day of pink, red, roses, and hearts EVERYWHERE is coming up….(that’s Valentine’s Day, if I wasn’t clear enough) 😉

The thought was “Your heart only has so many heartbeats”.  Have you ever thought of that?  Yes it’s a TON of heartbeats, probably millions and billions, but eventually you run out.  Note: this is not meant to be disHEARTening(haha, see what I did there), it just sounds like it right now.  Keep reading!

When I heard that, I started thinking-   What is my heart beating for?  How am I spending my heartbeats?  Who am I sharing them with?  Are they being used wisely?  Because you know, I only have so many to use….

God gives us as many heartbeats as we need to accomplish His purpose for us, and touch other lives(and their heartbeats). 🙂  In return, we have people in our lives that make our heartbeats special(they might even make our hearts beat faster!  But that actually isn’t so good in this context….you’ll run out faster).

So this upcoming lovey-dovey day, consider how you are spending your heartbeats, and who you are spending them with.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!