I was perusing through one of my infrequent journal entries from a while ago and came across this quote from Terry Brooks that I had made a note of.
If you are a real writer; you infuse your characters with truths from your own life. The old saw is, Write What You Know. I think it equally appropriate to add, Write Who You Are. Give your readers little insights into how you think. Share your feelings and beliefs in a way that makes others question their own, thereby requiring them in some small way to re-evaluate their lives. Godd story-telling compels us to do this.”
— Terry Brooks
This quote struck a chord with me when I first read it, and still resonates with me now. As authors it is important that we be authentic with our writing. That we don’t try to make it show us as something we aren’t.
This naturally draws into the generic discussion of how our Christianity infuses our writing as Christian authors, but beyond that—and on a personal note—it impacts the stories I choose to write.
One of my great joys in life is finding something that ignites my imagination. That sparks my inquisitiveness to go beyond the presented information to imagine what lies beyond. To imagine ways that I could present my own creative twist and delve into a world on my own and explore.
I think that’s what has been some of the “magic” behind the great sci-fi and fantasy stories of our time. It goes beyond the characters and events to the heart of the world. It is a place that we want to explore and learn more about. It is a place where we would love to adventure.
That’s one of the core principles that I try to bring into my writing. I want my readers to enjoy the journey and the characters, but beyond that I want them to fall in love with the possibilities of the world. I want them to begin to dream and wonder what other stories there are to be told, and to express their own creativity through my worlds and into their own.
As a reader, what books have grabbed you and inspried you to go and do something?
As a writers, what part of yourself do you strive to impart upon readers through the writing?