Thursday, March 22, 2007

Touching Lives

Is it Thursday??!! Oh my!

I'm sorry my post is late. I have a child home sick with Strep throat today. She's been quietly playing computer games, and I've been revising like crazy, thrilled to have a whole day at home. I'm also on break between quarters at school, so my routine of off. No 7:20 a.m. post from me today. :)

Music. It's so important in my life. I sing in the church choir and play in a handbell choir. I took about 10 years of piano lessons, played the violin in 2nd grade, the cello in (I think) 4th grade, the clarinet in 6th grade, the oboe in 7-12th grades, the tenor sax for pep band in junior high, and have pulled out my oboe for community band or solos on occasion as an adult. I love, love, love pipe organ music (took a few lessons in high school but couldn't get the hang of using my feet!). And I recently blogged on my personal blog about switching radio stations a few years ago to listen to contemporary Christian music on Atlanta's 104.7 The Fish.

I can say that changing to that station has changed my life. It changed my mood (especially while driving!) and my outlook. As I listen to the radio and my Cd's of that same music, I'm moved by the lyrics and the music. Yesterday, a David Crowder song brought me to tears (again). It's on the Passion --Everything Glorious Cd. It's the title song. The part I just love is the chorus. And I love the first time he sings it where it says (talking to God):

You make everything glorious
And I am Yours
What does that make me
I love it! God doesn't make junk. God created us glorious! That part of the song touches me every time I hear it.
I want to do that with my writing. Touch people. Let them see God's love. Let them see that they, too, can be victorious just like my characters.
Why do you write? Or if you're a reader and not writer, why do you read Christian fiction? How does it touch your life?
Missy

8 comments:

  1. I'm with you, Missy, as I think most of our FAITH sisters are. We want to touch our readers. I've mentioned Karen Kingsbury before and how she has the ability to suck me into the emotion and make me feel whatever it is her characters are feeling. I do so want to be like her.
    I think because that's how we're touched, that's why we strive for that goal. Changing lives, one word at a time. Ooo, I like that. Don't touch it, I might need it later.

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  2. That is a good line Mindy.

    I'm sorry you're little one is sick, Missy!

    Hopefully with spring coming, and summer around the corner, we'll be over our illnesses (or probably dealing with a whole new batch).

    As a reader, I want to be taken into a world separate from my own. I want to live somewhere else, or be discovering love for the first time. I want to walk in the character's shoes and cry when they feel pain, smile when they laugh.

    As a writer, I want to make my characters that real to the reader. I want to influence them to look to God for everything. I want to share what I've learned, but I want to convey it through fiction.

    Lord, I need all the help I can get!!!

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  3. Mindy, nice tag line. Use it under your signature line! :)

    Christy, that's so true about the characters. I think making the reader sympathize with them is key.

    Missy

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  4. Mindy, nice tag line. Use it under your signature line! :)

    Christy, that's so true about the characters. I think making the reader sympathize with them is key.

    Missy

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  5. Oops! My post went through twice. :)

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  6. Excellent question! I write because it burns inside of me. I write because I want to make a difference in the world. I write because it is so me:-) I want to help other people overcome being a victim and become so victorious that they turn around and help another. I want to start a ripple that grows into a tidal wave!

    Mindy, I LOVE that new tagline of yours.

    Angie

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  7. Oh, Missy, I forgot to tell you I played Oboe for 5 years. Not any more, but from 5th-10th grade. A couple of my kids tried for a year or two. I thought I could pick it up again since I remembered the fingerings. Oh Man! It's a killer on the cheeks after 20+ yrs.
    Ang

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  8. I know, Angie! I haven't played it for probably 5 years. Last time I got it out, I couldn't hold my lips in place. The air kept blowing out! LOL

    My oldest dropped out of band, and my middle son plays percussion. So I'm hoping maybe my daughter will play it someday.

    Missy

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