The best part about being a writer? There are no boundaries.
This morning, I found myself in Nashville, Tennessee with the current ‘it’ couple of Christian contemporary music, but they’re having a tough go of it at the moment. A few weeks back, I celebrated Christmas in London with the delightful Colby family. This is my second trip abroad to pay them a visit. Oh…and did I tell you about the sea-cliff wedding I attended in Ireland earlier this year? I danced reels and sang karaoke with four fantastic girls who have become dear friends of mine. It was absolutely fabulous.
Okay, okay, it’s time for me to ‘fess up. These journeys took place not in real time but within the fertile soil of my imagination, prompted by characters that live in my heart and story lines that bubble in my soul until they’re released into the cyber land that’s known as my computer.
Every writer is different in how they approach their craft and their lives. Me? I love to travel. I’m starting to believe I was born with some form of wanderlust because I’m drawn by fresh sights, new cultures and experiences. In lieu of physical travel, I love to pour over videos, travel guides, pictures and websites that transport me to a different time and place. This both fills me and prompts me as a writer because in my writing universe, the settings for my stories become a character. I draw upon setting to immerse my reader within the world I create—with visuals of sweeping mountains, with the scent of roasting chestnuts, with the texture of sea-spray against a cheek, or the sound of church bells peeling across a valley.
As an added bonus to this process, I feel shackles break free when I engage myself in my stories and let the words flow. When I sink deep into setting, character and experience (aka: story arc) I find myself heartbroken or healed, angry or rejoicing, in tears or in laughter…
There are no boundaries. (Click to Tweet!) There’s joy in the writing journey no matter what chaos my characters might encounter, because God’s hopeful, grace-filled hand guides my pen to the outcome He envisioned for the story from its beginnings.
How about you? What inspires you? How do you unchain yourself from the day-to-day and lose yourself in the craft of storytelling? I’d love to hear all about it!
|Jodie's Song by Marianne Evans|
Nothing fills Jodie Cunningham's spirit like sharing contemporary Christian music and scriptural insights on her morning drive radio show at KWJD. But lately, she’s overwhelmed and depleted by family circumstances that have led her from Dallas to Angel Falls, Texas and Heart's Haven apartment complex.
Kevin Mitchell is the groundskeeper at Heart's Haven—a place famous for angelic intercession and loving connections. His uncle owns the facility, but he's ailing. Kevin eagerly chips in, and as he prepares the grounds for a spring wedding, he meets Jodie. They begin to work together to make Heart's Haven sparkle.
But just as Kevin succeeds at coaxing Jodie's heart to bloom, tragedy strikes in a double dose that tests both their strength of faith and the love they've found.