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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Writing (01/11/07)

TITLE: Writing: A Comsuming Fire
By Catherine Craig
01/16/07


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Virelle Kidder asked this question to Budding Authors and writers: "How do you know God doesn't want you to write?" She passionately and persistently encourages new writers in their craft to keep on writing but how much of anything is a good thing and when is it too much?

When should writing be the Main Course in any writer's life and when should it be the Side Dish? Should it the fork that picks up key points in life for ingesting or the knife that cuts things apart into bite size pieces for optimal palatability? Better yet should writing provide a placemat by which a writer catches even crumbs of information that otherwise might get lost?

Writing should be a tool driven by passion. Writing is simply a tool for expression and like any other tool has both its purpose and its appropriate time to be used.

Writing can become a passion driven by the desire to express valuable thoughts or it can develop into an addiction fueled by the need to feel or be important. It can be used to communicate key timely ideas, observations and insight or it can suck up entire days, weeks, months and years without accomplishing anything or meeting any purpose. Writing can improve our lives and those of others or writing can consume the very life it is meant to enhance.

What is writing to you? Why are you writing and to what end? Why did you start? Is it taking you where you want to be? If not, where did you get off track and how do you get back to where you want to be?

God called us to lives of balance. In Proverbs He says there are times for crying and other times for laughing; there is a season for everything. Summed up, I think there is a time for writing and a time to live to go back to writing. But, no one should live to write only.

I for one am passionately obsessed with writing…to express all the things inside me on paper that cry to be released, those words that can't be simply packaged in the constraints of everyday conversation. Like Steven Covey in "First Things First", I long to leave a legacy behind me; writing achieves that end.

So I write. To me writing is the whole table setting.

What is writing to you?







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Jan Ackerson 01/20/07
I really like the analogy in your second paragraph--nicely done.

This is a very short essay, yet eleven of your sentences are questions--perhaps a bit much. Most readers prefer reading anecdotes to being questioned.

Thanks for sharing your passion with us!