One question readers frequently ask is what inspires me to write. And this goes far beyond the specific book they’ve been reading.
What makes me sit at a laptop for hours on end, staring at a screen? Sometimes it’s blank and sometimes it contains a few random letters scattered here and there.
What makes me poise over the keyboard, fingers ready to strike?
What makes me live this “abnormal” life of a writer? Remember, abnormal is in the eye of the beholder.
The simple, yet somewhat vague, answer is that I’m called to write. Another way to put it is: I can’t not write. I’ve tried it. A couple of times. Thought of just walking away from this computer and getting a job delivering pizzas or at Wal-Mart. The longest I went away from writing was a day.
There are stories in me that clamor to get out. Stories of restoration and redemption and reconciliation. Fictional stories that contain real truth about who we are, what we strive for, how we struggle to get there.
These themes, these ideas—whatever you want to call them—are what inspire me to keep writing. And the Lord has led me to explore these concepts through fiction rather than non-fiction.
My goal is for my characters and the experiences go through to provide hope to the reader. My characters are flawed, just like real people. My characters face challenges and obstacles that are as overwhelming as the ones we face every day. Yet they find a way through them.
Many of my characters are still flawed at the end of the book. But along the way they’ve experienced redemption, their lives have been restored, they’ve reconciled past hurts. Not entirely but they are on their way. Which is why the line Continue the Journey is so important to me.
I am inspired to write by God to offer encouragement to my readers, to show hope even in the most dire situations, hopefully to help the reader see the way ahead.
What inspires you to do your job every day?