One of the most common questions I get in emails from readers is, “Where do you get your inspiration?” Now it isn’t always phrased like that. Sometimes they ask if my characters are based on me, my family, friends, acquaintances, or from history. But the idea remains the same. What inspires me to write?
Considering this question was an exercise in introspection–something I’m never fond of. However, I realized that my inspiration doesn’t just come from people or events. It doesn’t come from what I’ve read or watched–or even my dreams. Don’t get me wrong, all those things (and more) influence my writing, but they are not my inspiration.
Then I assumed that my inspiration came from the Lord–His Word. And to an extent, that is true. I write because of the Hope within me. But that’s my purpose–not really my inspiration. My purpose is to encourage Christians in their walks with Jesus. Period. No excuses, no apologies, no caveats.
And that thought right there is what told me where and how I seek my inspiration. My readers.
My inspiration for writing comes from those who read it–those who email me and say:
“I’ve grown closer to the Lord since reading your book. It really challenged me to look at how I see His Word.”
Or: “I’ve never met people who live like your characters–who look to the Bible for the answers to everything. I want that.”
So the Bible may be my guide in how I think about things. The Lord may be my purpose. But readers, you are my inspiration. Thank you.