Monday, July 16, 2012

Obsession
Writing  To Inspire






Storytelling is powerful. A good story captures the imagination and reaches the heart if it resonates with the reader.

The temptation I have as a writer (and teacher) is to give a solid message and hammer it home with enthusiasm. My obsession is to write and teach. The tension is in how to tell stories without preaching.

I need to write in such a way that gives value beyond any message. It needs to add value to a person's day. They need to feel inspired, entertained, moved and involved in the story for as long as it takes them to read it. They don't want me giving them a lesson. They want a few hours of escape into another world.

My goal is to write stories that function as more than a vehicle to push my own agenda. Stories that remind the reader of beauty, inspire them to relate to others better, to connect them to a time and place and give them vicarious experiences they can relate to. That's the sort of story I want to write.

Religion creates vivid stories that speak to people's hearts and souls. At the heart of all religions there is a meta-story filled with beautiful imagery in prose and poetry. As readers, or followers, we are drawn to be a part of the story and belong.

Stories don't always appeal to our rational selves, they appeal to our emotions.

I want the reader to feel inspired and to connect with God, but my writing is poorer if all I do is give a lesson. I want readers to look at my characters with the same emotional care and passion as I do. I want them to resonate with the characters' lives and to think about what their own lives could be.

We all need role models and I want the reader to get the most out of their own lives. Hopefully, the stories I write will be a tiny part of that process.

I want my characters to have courage and guts, to be fun, honest and genuine. I want readers to see that just as the characters are on a journey of discovery, so too are they. A book ends, but lives go on. 

If I can get someone to read my book and enjoy it, I have achieved success. Even if just one phrase from a three hundred-page book helps someone on their journey or inspires them in some way, that is the icing on the cake.


Elaine Fraser




9 comments:

  1. Thanks for an inspiring post. What I love about great books is they speak to different people about different things. They seem to adjust to each individual reader to meet their need at the time.
    BTW - I can't work out who wrote this!

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  2. I don't know who wrote this either - but I like what it says. :)

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  3. Is it Elaine Fraser @ Beautiful Books?
    Yes, the only words I can add to this beautiful post are ditto for me too.

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  4. Love your post, Elaine. Especially the timely reminder that we read for entertainment, to escape into another world. The last thing we need is a lesson...unless it's how to write brilliantly! :)

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  5. Good post Elaine. Unless we relate to the characters and connect emotionally with them, I doubt we will listen to the lesson they have to teach.

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  6. Welcome to our friendly group, Elaine. Amen to everything you've laid out so succinctly in your post!

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  7. I am sure that your book will be a book that is worth reading. I admire people like you you have the gift.

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  8. Hi Elaine, beautiful words, from a beautiful heart! I have read the passion in your words and know there will be more than one phrase per book to inspire!
    Blessings, xx

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  9. Another reminder to write well, with genuine honest characters and strong storytelling. Thanks.

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