From my viewpoint, I can hear the hum of the crickets, the chirp of the birds as they fight over the food and the incessant beating of a hummingbird’s’ wings. I’m waiting for the moment when the sky turns pink and the sun sets upon this land as the world turns. Quiet evenings when I close to nature inspire me to mull over words and epic scenes as I write.
Recently I had a long conversation with a fellow writer (and future author) about themes in writing. It’s been subconscious but there’s an intentional tilt towards hope and beauty in my books, and also for redemption.
Some shall be lost yet the world can be saved.
Evil may rise yet the balance will be restored.
It’s not always easy to distinguish between good and evil. When you look at both sides of the story, instead of your own bias point of view, things change once you understand motives.
There’s a deeper philosophical theme in books which is why the next two books in my fantasy series contain more adult content. This is partly because I enjoy writing my books and there are certain scenes I wanted for my personal reading pleasure, and partly because I like to spark deeper conversations in readers.
When I was young, I thought I knew everything. I knew the answers to all the questions. I knew my own values and beliefs and was firm enough in my thinking to want to force my opinion on everyone. The biggest life lessons I learned were in college during my freshman and sophomore years.
- Actions speak louder than words.
- The older I become the more I realize I know nothing.
#2 alone keeps me humble.
I had many friends when I was in college ranging from deep relationships to light acquaintances. Brought up as a Christian with both parents being pastors, there were many religious views that were passed on to me. It took a while before I was able to distinguish between religious values and viewpoints and how to incorporate them into my life. I discovered the place where many Christians fall short (at least the ones I bumped into), is when it comes to action.
In my experience, Christians talk a good talk, and they put on a great face in church, but when it comes to living out their beliefs, I’ve often found myself disappointed. In fact, I find myself having deeper relationships and more meaningful conversations with people who don’t “claim” to be “Christians” and it’s for one simple fact. Those people accept me as I am. They don’t have a hidden agenda. They aren’t trying to force their beliefs on me and wait for the opportune moment to “save” me. They are who they are, no excuses, no shame, no fear.
Note: This is not a post to pick on Christians, it’s just an observation from my life experience. I do have a handful of genuine Christian friends who make my heart happy.
When I first went to college, I had an agenda, I wanted to save people. As time passed, I learned that all people are looking for is love and acceptance. I had many friends who were hurting or broken. They didn’t want me to save them. They just wanted me to listen, to love them, to be there for them, (sometimes at 3 am in the morning). When I changed my viewpoint and opened up my mind to understand how they liked to be related to, I was able to have a broader impact.
How does this relate to writing books? I am sharing a message in my books, in all of my books. There’s one thing I want you to get out of them as you read. I want you to start asking questions. Ask yourself, ask others, ask why? And don’t simply judge situations or people or reactions to things based on your limited knowledge. Always remember, there are two sides to every story.
Recently I had a candle giveaway, in order to enter, participants had to ask me a question on Facebook. This question was one of my favorites because the reader understood exactly what I was getting at in my books. Here’s what she asked:
“How did you come up with the groups of people and how they lived when writing your book The Five Warriors? Like the Trazames, that always stayed away from others. And do you feel that this would make the world more functional and peaceful if societies were separated similar to how things were before we starting interacting with the world after the internet became so popular?”
Whew! It gets deep right there. I won’t answer the question here, but I like how the book inspired her thinking, especially from a philosophical point of view.
As a final note, social media gives us a platform, and it can be used to rip people apart with our strong minded viewpoints or bring people together. At the end of the day, actions speak much louder than words, but words are all we “see” on social media. I can’t even tell you how many times I bite my tongue and tell myself not to get in the middle of intense conversations. Yes, I have thoughts and views, but my focus is building people up and bringing them together. Click here to read more of my work.
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