Every writer has the inexplicable urge to write. Not just to play with words (that too), but to say something that matters. Really matters. And, many times, when we first set pen to paper, we’re not even sure what that something is. We don’t know the answer. We write to discover the answer. Just as a scientist sets out to discover some truth about our world, a writer sets out to discover the truth about our lives.
“I write because I don’t know what I think until I read what I say,” offered the late Flannery O’ Connor.
Or as award-winning, contemporary author Ted Dekker teaches, “Our journey as writers is learning to see more clearly along with our characters.”
If you’re a writer, don’t be discouraged because you don’t know the answers. Be encouraged because you have the desire to find them. To find the truth.
And, remember, as another great storyteller assured us a long time ago, “the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32b).
~ Kathy Harris