Writing is Powerful

I really love what I do - both writing books and my blog. I truly believe that writing is powerful. All talents that God gives us are powerful in their own way, but sometimes I think books are taken for granted, and nobody really appreciates reading or writing because of the extra work gone into it. Well, I’m going to tell you the reasons why I believe writing is so powerful.

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It makes you stop and think.

I mean, movies can too, but I think writing does it in its own way. Writing opens you up to a lot of different mindsets, views, thoughts, people, personalities (not saying movies don’t), and they really allow you to get into the story. Writing goes more into depth about the thoughts than maybe what a movie can do.

like you're having pizza with somebody as they share their story :)

like you're having pizza with somebody as they share their story :)

It makes it personal.

You’re going to really get to know the characters in the book. You’ll get to know their thoughts that don’t always make it to the big screen. You’re going to really get to watch how they grow and transition. And for those reasons, it makes it that much more personal whereas you watch a movie for two hours, and then it’s done. You get to know the people and the situations in the book. By the time you’re done, it hits you hard because you like those people and care for their story.

...like Ashlee eats cheeseballs at her own pace

...like Ashlee eats cheeseballs at her own pace

Go at your own pace.

And speaking of the movies being two hours and then done, reading a book is not like that. Unless you’re a super fast reader who probably spends millions on books, like me. I’m not even kidding. I just LOVE to read, and I devour the books I buy. Ahem. Correction. The books that MOM buys. Whoops. I guess being a fast reader is not always a good thing…

But seriously, the point remains. You get to take in what you read at your own level. I think that’s pretty cool. I guess you could pause movies every time you need to think, but I think my family would probably never watch a movie with me again.

We watched Everest together. I couldn’t figure out who was who to save my life. Thankfully for them, I just kept it to myself hoping I’d figure it out. I did. At the end of the movie when they were having discussions about everything, and I was like, “Who, what, where?!”

everything you need to be a writer

everything you need to be a writer

There’s a lot of great messages that might be missed.

Some really great books don’t get made into movies. Unfortunately, that’s life. So by never reading… Let me just say you’re missing out on a lot. That can also be said about the Bible. We wouldn’t want to miss out on God’s Word now would we? There’s options for people who don’t do well reading books. I personally can’t listen to books - I’ll forget everything - but I’ve heard of some great sites that read books to you. Books can change your life. Especially the Bible.

I love being a writer, and I’m so thankful for how God uses each of our talents for His glory. He has a good plan for us. P.S. Okay, I’m finally going to be sharing news about my second book SOON! Please leave a comment or email me here with any questions you want answered about my second book! 

Do you like to write or read? Do you think writing is powerful? What is your talent?

Writers Observe

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One thing I know from personally being a writer and hearing other writers say, is that writers observe. And it's true.  Bloggers do it just like authors. We observe the world around us and come up with posts. We observe the world around us and think up an entire plot. This is something I really like about being an author and blogger. I love how I'm able to observe - and really anyone can. 

Observing helps me in faith, because a lot of times it leads to deep thoughts. There's something pretty cool about being able to focus a whole plot just around a few ideas. It's why I love writing so much. When we observe, we learn about the world. Sometimes we see good, and sometimes we see ugly truths. Whatever I see, I put it all into words and ideas. 

A lot of times people observe without even thinking much of it. I've seen that it's a dark world. I've been at places in my mind where I feel like there's no hope for our society. But through feeling God and observing what He says, I know that's not true. I have a faith that will get me through anything. I've been blessed with talents that will give me a purpose in this world. And when I die, that's just a gain.

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I love writing because...it helps me appreciate life. It helps me put my thoughts into perspective. It helps me grow. And when you write books, you have the chance to impact people. I get so ticked with all the crap romance novels and stuff. You have the chance to inspire someone! Why would you waste it? This is a HARD world! It's like being in a video game with different levels where some levels are easy, and some are a pain in the butt. Some people aren't strong or confident. I haven't always been as strong as I am now either, so this is your shot to blow some light into their world.

When I write, I try to write real. I don't fake things, and I don't make cliqué stories. I write real life. Real tragedies. Real faith. And that's another thing. 

REAL. FAITH.

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Some Christian fictional authors HAVE TOTALLY FORGOT THAT. Sorry for the caps. I just get so frustrated when I read a Christian book that has something like this... By the way, this is just an example.

"I told God that...if He saved the girl's life I would know He was real... And He saved her. He must be real..."

There is two things wrong with the paragraph above, and this is exactly how to turn non believers off.

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1) First of all, you should not make deals with God! If you save her... If you do this... No. 

2) That won't always happen. Sometimes the answer is flat out no, and the girl will die. That does not mean God isn't real. It's a fallen world, and evil exists. When you do that, it's basically like flipping a coin and getting lucky. Heads are the girl lives. Well lucky you, you got heads. It won't always be heads, though. I assure you. Christian authors should know better and quit writing like that. It's giving the impression to non believers that God is like a genie, and if something goes your way, He's real. That is not how God works.

God knows best for us, and that is what faith is all about. Faith is believing the unseen. I could use this whole post to talk about what having faith means and scientific things, but I'll save that for another day.

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When I publish my book, and I say when because I WILL do it one way or another, I hope if you read it you can feel for the character and see her growth. She had a rough tragedy. I picked something I'd hate to happen to me and wrote like I would feel if that happened. I learned about myself with that book. I grew in my faith by writing things about having faith I didn't even knew I learned. I had so much fun writing that book, and it contains so much of my faith and even a chunk of my personal life.

I hope when you read it, you feel hope for new life. I did not end my book with a happily ever after because I refuse to do that. The character will face many more trials and doubts and what not. She might even have doubts in her faith again. But that's okay. You never learn anything from happily ever afters - just unrealistic expectations for life. So if you're looking for a quick, sappy read, sorry but I am not your author. I want to write meaningful. I want to take these thoughts with faith that I have and turn them into a powerful story that can be shared and hopefully, add a little sparkle into your life.

Why would I keep it to myself? I have a faith, but not everyone else does. Above everything, I want my writing to help others in their faith. I'm not saying all authors have to write like I do, but I'm not going to do fake. Sorry. 

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There is hope in this life through Jesus. Sometimes it's not always easy to see that. Learn about Him and be close to Him, and then you will find it.

Observing is important. Through it, we learn about God, ourselves, and the life we live in. Whatever you do with your observations, I hope you do something meaningful with them. As for me? Well, you know what I'll be doing...

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Sparkles,
Ashlee