Theme 101: How Advice from a Two-Millennia-Old-Poet Can Revolutionize Your Writing

Why do we write stories?

I don’t mean what personally drives you as a writer, though that’s certainly important. I mean, what’s the point of storytelling? Why do human beings naturally tell stories to each other? Why are we so fascinated by them? And is there any point to stories, or are they just supposed to be an enjoyable way to spend our time?

If you want to be a skilled and successful author, you need to understand what the point of storytelling is. Not only that, but as Christian authors, we need to understand what it means to write stories from a Christian perspective as well. What does it mean to write stories that honor God? These are really big questions… and you may be surprised to know that one of the best answers to these questions comes from a pagan poet who lived two millennia ago.

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Josiah DeGraaf started reading when he was four, started writing fiction when he was six and hasn’t stopped doing either ever since. After growing up with seven younger siblings, he eventually found himself graduated and attending Patrick Henry College, where he plans on majoring in literature with a minor in pedagogy (it’s a fancy Greek word for education).
Someday, Josiah hopes to write fantasy novels that have worlds as imaginative as Brandon Sanderson’s, characters as complex as Orson Scott Card’s, character arcs as dynamic as Jane Austen’s, themes as deep as Fyodor Dostoyevsky’s, and stories as fun as Wayne Thomas Batson’s. Plans for obtaining those impossible goals include listening to a lot of Hans Zimmer, ignoring college work so that he can find time to write, and avoiding coffee at all costs.