Saturday, December 15, 2007

Why do I write?

First off, a little intro. Hello, I'm Shane Joseph Deal, as a writer I like to go by S. J. Deal. I'm starting this blog to post my thoughts on my writing, my books that I'm working on, and occasionally maybe something about chocolate covered pickles.... Just kidding... But then you never know. My Elves do like both Chocolate and Pickles... and some of those Elven Lords are terribly eccentric. Today I am writing a philosophical post on why I write.

I often ask myself, why bother writing?

In answer I respond, because writing impacts the world around us more then nearly anything else. Let's face it, storytelling is one of the most effective ways at shaping the ideas and thoughts of those who listen to/read them. With that in mind, I see a way, within my grasp, to influence and impact the world around me. I may not be able to go out slay dragons with a sword or stand up against some evil dark lord or any of those heroic quest that characters go on, but I can write. I think I've heard it said: "My pen is my sword." I like that.

I'm not talking about writing propaganda either. I think one thing that frustrates me as I read Christian literature, is that far too often it's a thinly disguised tract. There is a place for evangelism, but every Christian book isn't it. However, I don't have a problem with writing allegorical works and it's good that people can write about concepts from the Bible and the gospel message in ways that you haven't even thought possible to communicate the truth with. I guess what I'm trying to say is I don't like being preachy or being preached at when I'm writing or reading a book.

In my opinion, the largest impacts on society are made through storytelling and it is that impact that inspires me to write. It's not enough for me to just sit back and passively watch the world drift on by, I want to be out there making an impact, and using writing is an excellent way to do so.

Second, writing is a wonderful way to share truth.

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