Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Why do you write?

My motivation to write is simple---it's something I've dreamed about for many years. It's a desire of my heart. When I get discouraged (and don't we all), I try to remember what first got me started. I believe God puts good desires in our hearts for a reason. Often we might not know how they will come about, or even why they are there, but they are there for a purpose.

I was just thinking about this the other day, actually. I questioned why I'm fascinated with the American West---especially cattle ranching. It's not like I've ever had anything to do with it (though I did take riding lessons as a kid). I asked myself, "Why in the world would I want to write about this?" The answer came back softly: I could have this desire to reach one person. What if all I ever wrote was to bring one person to Christ? What if my desires are there for the purpose of reaching someone who can only be reached reading about a rancher?

It's something to consider about all of our writing desires. Could I offer a word of encouragement? Don't discount your heart's desires just because the market doesn't seem to have a place for it. Yes, research markets. Yes, know your audience. But there are also times when we have to completely discount what everyone else says and listen to our hearts. God might be speaking to you.

What motivates you to write? Feel free to add your thoughts to the comments.

3 comments:

Ginger Garrett said...

You're right C.J. By the time we finish our WIP, the market will have changed. If, as you say, you focus on your heart's cry, the writing will be authentic and it will find its audience.
Now, I really *must* head over to TitleTrakk....
Warmly. Ginger Garrett

Janet Rubin said...

Hi C.J. I write because I keep having all of these ideas that want to be written. But why do I seek publication? I try to make my motivation something good- like glorifying God, blessing people, etc. To be honest though, I'm often motivated by the praise I hope to get, the fame. Guess that's just the ole' sinful nature. God always does something to remind me what it's really all about. Someone will tell me how a devotion I wrote made a difference and I'm humbled. I love these words from the hymn, "Be Thou My Vision" Riches I heed not, nor man's empty praise, Thou mine inheritance now and always...

C.J. Darlington said...

Thanks for sharing, Janet & Ginger. We all write for different reasons, but the important thing is that we write!