Friday, August 12, 2011

Filling the Gaps?

Is that what we do when we read fiction or watch a movie? Are we subconsciously trying to fulfill a desire, or need that reality isn't offering? Or are we seeking a snapshot of life that eliminates the mundane, or puts the ugly on someone else's shoulders for just a little while?

Or is it even more...perhaps we're searching for answers in disguise. Building up a storehouse of possibilities to get us through the next storm or learn how to open our eyes to see the gifts that truly do exist around us.

Just maybe we're example driven people. We need to see how others might handle a similar situation so that we can shift our response the next time something comes our way, beit humbling or gracious. And be proud of ourselves for doing so.

Fiction is a powerful tool to build character. Writers create characters and story out their imagination, but even more importantly, writers can influence who their readers become through the characters and story they create.

What stories do you yearn to read? What stories do you wish to write?

May the weekend bring you fiction that speaks to your soul and makes you a better person from that moment forward.

Surrendering to Him,


*image found on Google.


Katie Ganshert said...

Stories that reflect the passion and ardor with which Christ loves us and longs for a relationship with us. Stories that show beautiful things arising from brokenness.

Great question today, Eileen!

T. Powell Coltrin said...

Well said! I like stories that keep me on the edge of my seat and hold my ADD mind glued to the pages (or screen).

This is what I want to write.

Laura Frantz said...

Thought-provoking post, Eileen! I don't really know why I write. Bottom line - I think it's always been an escape for me since childhood. And when I do it I enter into this wonderful, almost holy world that I love to get lost in and don't want to leave. Hard to explain. So different than reality! Mostly I want to convey God's love for us amidst our brokenness and pain. A big order!

p.s. so happy you'll be in st.lou!

Loree Huebner said...

I hope my stories show that God is always right there...even in the darkest nights or brutal storms, as well as the love and joy. We can't do it alone.

Nice post.

Warren Baldwin said...

I think more good character-building fiction for children today, instead of so many video games, would help them do better in school. And would make teachers' job a bit more pleasant, too.

Jessica R. Patch said...

You bring up great points. I read for many different reasons. I love pretend. I love seeing the stories unfold in my head like a movie when I read, and I find in inspy reading, God speaks to me. In almost every book. A Twofer! ;)

Laura Pauling said...

I love a fun story with heart and I also love a more serious literary novel with heart. And I write them both too! :)

Jessica Nelson said...

I think fiction is amazing! It teaches in ways we don't even realize.

trump said...

greetings from the Amish community of Lebanon,Pa. Richard from Amish Stories.