I started off my social media campaign for When Perfection Fails on PWICU. I wrote a blog post that I thought would be something else, but turned out to be the most transparent piece I have written for the public in quite a few years. Enjoy!
Characters Developed from the Soul
Often times at book events or interviews, I’m asked when did I start writing. I always answer “officially” in 2006. I have always been a writer and loved making up stories since I was six or seven. 2006 was a pivotal year for me. I started that year burnt-out and a very near close to depression (I didn’t know it at the time). I think I spent all of 2005 whining and wailing in my journal.
On New Year’s Eve, I like to spend time curled up with a notebook and a pen, my two comfort tools. At the beginning of that year, I asked God for a new direction creatively. You see I live and breathe creativity. I get bored easily and in all honesty, being creative is an escape for me. I love brainstorming and seeing ideas come to life. Though I love the creative process, I had taken on projects that I might should have prayed for better discernment from God.
So after making my teary plea, it may have been a few days later, but characters showed up in my mind. The concept wasn’t foreign to me, like I said as a child, and then as teenager I loved making up stories. I liked seeing reactions to my stories from my parents, teachers and other students. But like a lot of us as we grow older, I buried the joy of storytelling.