This is a guest post by author Jenelle Leanne Schmidt.
When I was asked to write a post about something that inspires my writing, my mind went instantly blank. I struggled with jotting down one idea, then another, but none of it felt right. You see, I’m not entirely certain I can point to a single thing that inspires me above all other things.
I draw inspiration from everywhere: song lyrics, the way I feel when I stare at the horizon, a particularly beautiful moment in time, a question that suddenly springs to mind, prayer, the books I read, the movies I watch, a piece of artwork that snags the corner of my soul and stops me in my tracks, the people in my life — from their support and encouragement to a unique personality quirk — everything I experience is fodder for the imagination.
And that was the answer.
I’ve always had a vivid imagination. When I was little, my friends usually wanted to play with dolls. Later on, it was video games. I just wanted to play make-believe. I wanted to become someone else and improvise a story as we went along. Even when I was older, I was always making up stories and acting them out, even when I could no longer find anyone to play these games with me. Whether it was pretending my bike was a wild horse I had tamed, to imagining that I was a lost princess from a distant planet who had to flee a coup and my enemies had infiltrated Earth and were using tiny AI devices they had installed in every stoplight to search for me, to pretending to be an orphan running away from an evil orphan keeper to live in the woods… I was always imagining some grand plot for myself as a character.
Stories are a part of the fabric from which I am made. The books my parents read to me, the stories my dad would make up before bed-time, the movies we watched as a family, every one of them fueled my imagination. The Chronicles of Narnia, in particular, captured my heart, and from that moment on, set me on a course searching for Narnia every chance I got. To this day, I still find myself opening doors and peeking around them, just on the off-chance that Narnia lies behind it.
I firmly believe that imagination is a gift from God. Our imaginations were created in the image of His own, the imagination that led to the creation of everything we see. He is the greatest author of all time, after all, and though we perceive it to be non-fiction, perhaps it is merely fantasy after all. And why should this life not be fiction? The Bible seems to insist that the “real” world is the one that we cannot see, the one that is hidden from our view. “Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18.
One day, perhaps, we will find the right door and gain a glimpse of what is to come, or perhaps that door can only be found at the very end of life when we step out of this world and into the next one. But until then, I shall continue opening doors and waiting to see what spark God sends me to ignite my imagination next!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jenelle is a rare and elusive creature known as an “author.” She enjoys wandering in the woods and opening doors in search of hidden passageways. She can sometimes be found in darkened corners of libraries or coffee shops sipping hot chocolate and carrying on animated conversations with those strange and invisible beings known as “characters.”
If you spot an author in the wild it is best to proceed cautiously, as, like many other authors, Jenelle is a bit shy and timid, though her friends would disagree with that statement. Her favorite genres to read and write are fantasy, sci-fi, and fairy tales.
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