Sunday, October 10, 2010
RowMar: Part 5 - Fuel to Write
So those of you who follow this blog will catch something pretty familiar on here.
A while back I posted this video and it received a great response. And so, naturally, I'm excited to share it with you all again.
Except now it's for a school project. Much more official-like.
As with the previous posts, this is all in response to questions my Language Arts teacher asked me on this blog. And this post's question is:
Describe yourself on your quest - what tools, skills, previous experiences do you bring with you (excluding your previous triumphs and accolades).
Well obviously my testimony is a huge proponent to my writing. Hello, I write Christian fantasy. That all hinges on my faith in Christ. And so this transforming experience is very important to my writing. It defines it.
Some of the things touched on in the video can't really be elaborated down here in any more detail. Pretty much every experience is a source of writing material. If you've written for any amount of time you know this. And the ones that provide the best material are the really hard ones.
And this one tried the very ground upon which I stood.
I screwed up. And it brought into perspective the direction my life was headed, my identity in Christ, and what this faith really meant. And that fuels my writing.
For example. When I write about abandonment or about loneliness, I can do it really well. Why? Because I've been there. I've lived there. I've experienced that. I was dragged away from my friends several different times. I've had family members betray me. I've had strained relationships that eventually fell apart.
What makes me a writer is that I can channel that emotion into a story and make my readers feel the same way.
When I write a character that is searching for meaning, I can do that because I've been there. I've searched. I've cried out in desperation for something to hold onto.
A rebellious character--been there done that. I stared my God in the face and said, "I don't care what you think." And ran the opposite direction.
A servant--been there.
And this is the skill that makes writing come alive. Experience. The ability to take the life you've been given, the life you've screwed up, and turn that into an emotional thrill ride of a novel.
Some things, obviously, I have to fake. I've never been physically abused, for example. But sometimes a story demands I write such a character. So because I have these other experiences, I can guess what that must feel like and create a realistic character.
What experiences help you to write?
To the end,