Friday, December 03, 2021

Writing: Don't Try To Write The Lost Chord

 

I hadn't thought of it in years, and had to look in Wikipedia to be sure of my facts. It's a fascinating story, and I recommend that you read it sometime. But the thing that stirred these recollections in my mind was encountering some words from one of my early books, words that I did not recall writing, but which touched my heart when I read them. My writing has always been of the style that is not planned out. I set down the high points of the story, populate it, and see where it takes me. But I am convinced that along the way, God has a hand in what I commit to paper, if I just give Him the freedom to do so. And sometimes the words are His, not mine.

The point of this is to be conscious of what we write, but not to the point where we are so anxious to write something "memorable. " It's not just to put down on paper some words that will touch someone an editor or agent, but rather to let God help us put down those words which may be just the ones that will touch a reader at some point in the future. In other words, don't try so hard to write something memorable to your own glory, but always for His. Or, as the author's notes in all my books conclude, Soli Deo Gloria. Because, after all, that's why we're writing--or should be.


4 comments:

Priscilla Bettis said...

Silent Night, Deadly Night sounds like a good mystery for this time of year!

Richard Mabry said...

Priscilla, for those who haven't already read it, I highly recommend it. And I just sent out news of my newest novella, Medical Mystery, at a reduced price for the Kindle version prior to publication.

Patricia Bradley said...

Love, love your books, Richard!n And you're right. We should be writing for an audience of One.

Richard Mabry said...

Thanks, Patricia, and I'll return the compliment.