My new bloggy friend Shellie Bailey put up a post at her blog Faith and Fiction last Thursday, asking writers to share why they write (she, of course, started the ball rolling here), and to link up at the bottom of her post.
Thought it sounded like a great idea at the time - and so I sat on it. And sat. And sat.
TODAY, I'm actually doing it. So..without further ado...
WHY I WRITE
By Joanne Sher
I've been writing for a long time. I loved to make up stories as a child, and I was on my high school, college, and community newspaper staffs. I wrote lots in college (I was an English major, after all), and continued, at least to an extent, into my young adult years. It was something I enjoyed, and even, for a time, helped paid the bills.
It wasn't until I began my spiritual journey that would eventually lead me to Christ that my writing became a passion: a need.
It began as I read through the Bible for the first time. I typed out my thoughts--25 single space pages of them. I couldn't help it. The writing was as necessary as the reading. And it had a great effect on bringing me to Christ.
And then life happened. And scrapbooking. Yeah - scrapbooking. That was my creative outlet. Most of my writing at this point was the descriptions under the photos. Oh, yeah, and babies and toddlers. REALLY put a crimp in your time.
But that was only the beginning. Then my family got hit over the head with a 2x4 - also known as my husband's brain tumor and assorted complications. It ran my life. For a few years, I often say I used every bit of my creativity to keep our family together and relatively sane.
But one day, life slowed down a bit. I was out of crisis mode, and things were almost approaching something that could be considered normal. I felt like I needed an outlet for my creativity.
It was then that God, through a google search, led me to my current passion for writing. FaithWriters reenergized my love for writing, and introduced me to the possibility of doing so for God's glory. And I was sold.
So, why do I write? For His glory, and because it is my way, for now, of sharing Him with whoever will listen.
Oh - and cuz I like to do it (most of the time anyway!).
So - that was longer than I figured - but also very good for me, I think! I'd LOVE to hear all my writer friends' answer to this question. Post it in the comments, or do so on your blog and link up at Shellie's place!
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