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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: Writing Is Life-Giving
By Fay Davidson
01/18/07


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Ah, the bliss! The hours of pleasure and satisfaction to the mind and soul – the thrill and excitement of curling up in your favorite chair as you embark on a long journey taking you to the great arenas of Greece and Rome, the desert of Arabia, or on horseback as you listen to the tales of travelers on their pilgrimage in the days of yore. If you prefer you can turn slowly and languidly on your bed or couch and enter the courtroom of Stephen King.

But all of that is reading, you will say, not writing. And you are right. But what is reading but someone entering vicariously into the mind and thoughts of the master craftsman –writer.

It is impossible to separate reading and writing. They are two sides of the same coin. One leads to the other – the other is the end result of the first. Which came first? There is no beginning or end to it. One is simply a mirror image of the other. I consider writing the true image and reading its reflection in the mirror. If you love one you must love the other, or hold the other in high esteem

For me, I loved reading when I was a child. I doted on it and spent hours hidden away in a corner or out on the verandah when all the family was inside, or sitting in or under the sweetsop tree. Reading was the joy of my life and because it brought me so much pleasure, when I became an adult I knew I wanted to write. I had to write – something - just to return to others some of the delights I had experienced through words.

So now I am consumed with the art and notion of writing – the craft of words, not just for words sake, however, but for two reasons. First, I want to use them with grace and beauty to lift the spirit of others and to give back some of the happiness that was passed on to me as I experienced the adventures and deep emotions of people I met and places I visited through books.

Secondly, I want my writing to be an instrument to help change people’s lives through a more intimate knowledge of God and His Kingdom. I desire above all else to help readers have an idea of the intimacy they can have with God and how he can help them to know themselves and guide them on their path to fulfilling their vision and his plan and purpose for their life. Thus their life’s fulfillment could be reached through writing.


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Jan Ackerson 01/25/07
This is a well-written and passionate essay: I think maybe for last week's topic? I hope to keep reading more of your entries in the future.