Sunday, January 2, 2011

What's Your Purpose? Part 2

Christy here... On Thursday, Missy wrote part 1 of this post, so I thought I would piggy-back with some observations I've had over the last few days.

Why do I write? What do I want to write?

I can tell you honestly that I write because I enjoy creating story. I love watching movies and reading books and I love the process that goes into creating both forms of entertainment. I love the idea of character and bringing to fiction someone who you as the reader can connect with as close as you would connect if he/she is your brother/sister, mother/father, husband/wife, or child. I love when I watch a movie or read a book and I'm brought to tears. I love it when I roll in laughter. I love it when my heart is pounding so fast because the action is so real.

I have been a fan of Star Wars for as long as I can remember. I've caught pieces of Raiders of the Lost Ark and the Indiana Jones sequels, but really want to spend a weekend watching these all the way through. I loved the movie Willow because it takes you into another world full of magic and mythology, where in the end, good still triumphs evil. This weekend, I was fortunate enough to catch an interview with George Lucas. He stated in that interview that he likes adventure and romance. The commentators pointed out how Lucas had managed to create a world all of his own. The people he interviewed who are employed by him or worked with him on projects said that Lucas was very stubborn and that when you are working with him on a project, its like you're playing with his (Lucas) toys, or are playing in his sandbox. Basically, you play the way he wants you to play.

And the way Lucas likes to play has earned a large following, a lot of money and possibly an everlasting legacy.

The other interview I caught was J.K. Rowling on Oprah. It seemed the interview was concentrating on the fact that J.K. Rowling has earned or grossed a billion or so dollars on the Harry Potter books. And of course, that's unheard of for an author to do. Rowling has created her own legacy like Lucas did. I didn't know, but there is a Harry Potter theme park (I didn't catch where it's located) and there are many action figures/toys as well as the popular movies.  Rowling also shared that the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, had approached her with an idea to do a Harry Potter movie... an idea which Rowling decided to pass.

With both Rowling and Lucas the similarities are that they created their own unique worlds and placed these characters in situations the majority of readers and moviegoers had never seen before.

As new authors, that's exactly what we're expected to do. I think that's why its important to enjoy what you write and, as Missy said, pour your heart into it.

Rowling admitted to Oprah that much of her own personal strife was in the Harry Potter books. Her mother had died only 6 months after Rowling began writing Harry Potter and Rowling admitted that her mother never knew she had started writing them.

I think it's key to find your heart's desire and pour that onto the page. Personally, I've been thinking about what stories I enjoy reading and making that consideration that perhaps I should write that type of story.  I enjoy history, adventure, comedy and most of all: romance... however, when it comes to writing something down, my stories are dark and my characters are filled with strife!

Over the last few weeks, I haven't written much. I blame it on lack of time, I blame it on being distracted that I've got a proposal out there and I'm waiting to see the result. I blame it on the fact that I haven't learned to write through the waiting game. I blame it on the fact that I tell myself I'm not sure what my purpose for writing is...

I think one reason I've been in this writing desert is because the Lord has caused me to pause.  I mean, I hope it's Him. And, I hope He's got a good reason to make me pause. I'm itching to get started on a story, I've got a few ideas as a matter of fact, but nothing I have, no matter how deep into it that I plot, it won't move forward. I can't hit the gas pedal on it. I'm stuck in a big hole of yucky mud, trying to gas it out of there, revving my engine but all I'm doing is spinning my tires.

I hope as this new year opens, I'll get out of my car and stick something under the tires to help get myself un-stuck.

And I hope that you, wherever you are in your writing, will find your purpose and will learn to let loose, to pour your heart on the page. Your legacy is just waiting to be created. By you.


  1. Christy,

    Your post was excellent! I hope you can "get your car out of the mud" soon and I pray you hear positive, exciting news about your proposal!

  2. Thank you, Edwina! I appreciate your prayers!

  3. Christy, I have no doubt that the right motivation and inspiration will hit you when the the time is right! Perhaps you're in a place of rest. God has to give us rest sometimes.

  4. Excellent post, Christy! I love the picture of you spinning your wheels in the mud. Not for the spinning, but for imagining you stomping out of that car and jamming a board underneath the wheels. I have no doubt you'll be spinning out of there asap!

    BTW, the Harry Potter park you mentioned is actually a new part of Universal Studios. :)

  5. Jenn, you're right, I was definitely needing to rest, but I was the last one to admit it!

    Missy, I had no idea HP was at Universal. Cool.
    And, I think you know me pretty well as I would definitely be stomping my way out of the car and jamming a board under the tire, lol!