Hey warriors! Welcome or welcome back to Words! How are you all doing? It’s been a month (how, I don’t know) since I last checked in and it’s that time again, so let’s dive in!
- An amazing friend of mine from Salt Lake City came to visit for the first time in two years! It was such an amazing day…
- We went on a day trip to Denton, Texas! I’ll be posting about that on my other blog soon, including my shopping haul. 😜
- I posted for Diamond’s Camp Happy Heart twice this month! Go check out her blog. It rocks.
- My family finally found time to plant flowers! Between COVID in May and commitments we just hadn’t done it until now. I’ll insert a gallery of photos after this section.
- The Star That Always Stays came out on July 12! It’s so good so far! I haven’t quite finished it though because….
- I have a church camp and a conference in the next two weeks! This camp is the highlight of my year…. I love it so much! But two weeks away from home means a lot of planning and packing. It also means that all posts during that time are written and scheduled in advance so I won’t be responding to comments for a little while. But still talk to me! I’ll answer as soon as I get the chance.
- Last but not least, my family went through our homeschool library! I may do a bookshelves tour in the future if anyone is interested. We have a lot of books. 😅😂
- I created the page “Chatroom” for getting to know one another as a community.
- I posted “Glass Beach: A Short Story – Summer of Stories 1”
- I posted “Sunset: A Poem – Summer of Stories 2”
- I posted “A Few Tags”
- I posted “The Star That Always Stays: Author Interview with Anna Rose Johnson”
- I posted “Worth it: A Story”
- I posted “Why I’m Taking a Writing Break + What That Means”
- I posted “Snapshot: My Best and Worst Hooks (+ What I’ve Learned From Them”
- I posted “The Summer Tag” on Sketch Scribble Scribe.
- I posted “150 Songs that Make Me Want to Dance” on Sketch Scribble Scribe.
- I decided that, even if I get 100 followers, I won’t be publishing What Matters Most for a while.
- What Matters Most needs more development than I originally thought. I want to give it room to be the best possible so I’m taking a break until I can focus on it and then I’m expecting it to be nearly a year before it will be 100% ready for publishing.
- I decided that, when I do NaNoWriMo this year, I’ll work on either What Matters Most’s sequel or I’ll work on The Lies I Believed. Since it’s narrowed down it will be easier to plan when October comes around.
- I wrote two short stories and a poem this month. They are all posted above in the blog section.
For those who don’t remember, this portion will be where I feature my favorite little snippets of writing, photography, or art that you guys send me through my contact page! (For photography and art you will need me to respond before you can send the files.) For this month, I’m featuring Emma’s writing!
What is the purpose of a story?
Is it to entertain you, to occupy the dull hours of a night or day?
Is it to help you escape, to live in another’s world for a few hours, only to eventually have to return to your own?
Or is the purpose of a story to teach? Are stories merely nicely-decorated conduits for information, meant to make the learning go down easier? Are they like the flavoring in sickly-sweet cough syrup, which disguises the medicine’s bitter taste but doesn’t quite do it well enough to make the medicine taste good?
Is a story meant to promote a cause? To sell a product? To convince an audience to believe that what you say is true?
Maybe a story is all of these things.
But maybe not.
Maybe a story has one purpose, and one only—to glorify God, the best storyteller of all.
God is the ultimate author. He has written us here on earth so that we may glorify Him, and He is more than worthy of all the glory that our stories can give Him.
And every story bears the mark of its author’s Creator. In the triumph of good over evil, in the sacrificial love of a father or mother for their child, in the anguish of a heart groaning over the darkness of the world, and in the quiet peace that comes when that groaning heart finally sees the light
What is the purpose of a story?
Is it to entertain you? To provide escape or relief? To force-feed you a message, or to advertise?
The purpose of a story is threefold: truth, goodness, and beauty.
With these three together, we will point to the Maker of all, who wrote the story of the world, and by whom our story is continually being written.
Truth. Good stories portray the world as both dark and light. The world is not safe, but the world is not hopeless. In it there is unspeakable cruelty and evil, but there is also unspeakable grace.
Good stories must point to truth. If they do not, then they have failed to display the Maker the way He truly is.
Goodness. A story with no light is no story at all. Yes, the darkness is pervasive, but to show only the darkness is to ignore the better half of the picture. There is goodness in the world, and a good story will show it: goodness standing against evil with courage and strength, and goodness that can never be overcome by the dark.
True stories must point to the good. For how can vice with no virtue show us a virtuous God?
Lastly, beauty. Beauty is the color to the painting of humanity. It takes a cold stone and makes it a marble sculpture; it takes cloth and paint and makes it a breathtaking masterpiece. What is true and good should be beautiful, and what is beautiful must be true and good.
Beautiful stories point to our Creator better than any dry prose. He is true beauty. And how can something remind us of Him—our father, lover, and friend—if it is not beautiful?
This is the purpose of a story. Every good story bears the mark of our God, and our God is true, good, and beautiful.
Perhaps, using stories, we can fight back the darkness and let our light shine more.
That was really thought-provoking and beautiful! Don’t you agree?
I’ll be putting up a submissions page soon (hopefully. A lot is going on, so I won’t promise it immediately), since the contact page is somewhat difficult for files. But next month’s Middle-of-the-Month Check-In is already open for submissions! Make sure you submit your best work in 1 image or 1000 words or less and keep it clean please! I can’t wait to see what you guys have for me next month!
Now I’d like to take this last paragraph to ask you some questions because you warriors are amazing. You can answer as many or as few as you want, but this is my chance to get to know you better and to learn what you guys want from me! So here we go. What have you done this month so far? How are you doing? What would you all like to see from me in this next month? How are your projects going? Let me know in the comments! See you soon!