Day 1 of 31: why

Hello my faithful reader.

This is your rather not-so-faithful blog writer.

As the title suggests, this is the annual 31 Day Writing Challenge put forth by Kate Motaung of Five Minute Friday. My usual plan to pre-write in September and then stay ahead of the giant eight ball called life did not happen. So here I am starting this challenge 12 days into October. Never fear. I will catch up 🙂

You may or may not know that I’ve been researching a novel over the summer. These 31 days are going to double as flow of consciousness pre-writing thoughts. Maybe even serve to whet your appetite for this unique story in a quirky little town. I will keep spoilers to myself. 🙂 (Though I’d have to know where the story is going to have spoilers, but you get the idea.) 

Ok.

Why. 

Why write a novel? Why sit in a chair day after day effectively banging my head against the keyboard and hoping for a novel to emerge? Why dig into the thoughts and feelings of imaginary people I create only to have them tell me what they’d like to do? Why research small towns and 1890’s history when it’s not a split time novel? Why bother with the picky details? Why do I smile when I talk about my friend Phyllis or Verllie-Jean? Why do I write?

Because.

This story belongs to a dear friend and she’s entrusted me to tell it. Because the church does not know how to successfully handle domestic abuse. Because small towns are full of quirky people and those people make you fall in love with small towns. Because history has never happened in a vacuum – every piece has continual context and sparks other events no one could’ve ever imagined. Because, crazy as it sounds, imaginary people begin to take on a life of their own. Because you will smile when you hear how Phyllis and Verllie-Jean meet. Because the church can be more than uptight people following rules. Because Jesus still loves His church.

So I continue to write.

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