First, I need to say that I have published 34 blogs and as yet have not made any money. I’ve been told it takes 90 days. I will continue these 90 days and probably continue blogging long after. In participating in this blog enterprise, a surprising benefit has come to me that I would like to share.
In A Game of Shadows, when Moriarity and Sherlock first meet, Moriarity says, “The law of celestial mechanics dictates that when two objects collide there’s always damage of a collateral nature.”
Matthew West sings, a song called You’ve Got Something to Say; and he’s right.
And for me, writing is a great way to explore my Christianity. Although I have been a Christian for a long time, I still have questions I need to ask. I still have doubts that need expressing. And I find when I’m struggling the most, if I write about these struggles the Lord often gives me the answer. It’s definitely not an answer I come up with myself, but it’s an answer that is found outside myself.
Sometimes my writing comes in the form of fiction, but often I have found that I find the answers to my questions by having my characters have the same questions. I must resolve those questions, whether now or later, and by the time later comes, those answers are resolved.
A good example comes from my novel The Death of Kevin Frye. I had the main character ask a question I’ve been asking the Lord for many years. My character asked the question to a preacher. I had my preacher say he didn’t know. Later, the Lord provided the answer from another source. Then I was able to answer my character’s question as well, and bring a new revelation to the pastor of the church as well.
Writing opens up one’s mind to being active. I don’t know about anyone else, but I don’t want to live my life sitting in front of a television and having the life sucked out of me every day. I want my life to be filled with motion, just as another of Matthew West songs says. It’s called The Motions.