Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Art & Peace of CREATING

by Lynn H. Blackburn @LynnHBlackburn

I made some new friends last week. 

And by that, I mean I literally made some new friends. 

I decided they needed to exist and so I created them. I thought about them until I had an idea of who they are. I gave them names, temperaments, hair color (one of them’s a ginger!) and eye color, backstories, siblings, jobs that they love, reasons they haven’t found love . . . yet, and then I threw them into a dangerous situation. 

I’m not a plotter and I have no idea what happens next, but I’m already intrigued by who they are and by how they seemed to want to exist and how now that they do, I can’t imagine how they ever didn’t before. 

This is the part where some people, usually people who aren’t writers, get a little worried about my mental health.But my writer friends will be quick to quote Luna Lovegood (from Harry Potter, but you already knew that, right?) and assure me that I’m just as sane as they are. 

This may seem weird or nonsensical to some of you, especially those of you who are nonfiction writers, but for me it’s been a desperately needed lungful of creative air. In the midst of so much that is not right in the world, when there is so much I cannot do, this is something I can do. 

It’s also left me even more in awe of my Creator.

I have to wonder if part of the thrill of creating new characters is a shadow image on my soul leftover from the way God felt when He decided that I needed to exist. 

He gave me a name and a temperament, blonde hair that turned brown (and now is running full speed to gray), and blue eyes. He considered the exact time in history that I would live out my days and decided on what family I should be born into to give me the right mix of love and drama that would lead me straight back to Him. 

It’s humbling to consider that the God of the Universe went to the trouble to decide that the world needed someone as uniquely me as me. And He decided the world needed someone as quirky and fabulous as you, too!

It’s incredibly comforting to rest in the knowledge that no matter how much it feels like the world is spinning out of control, the Truth is that He’s still writing our story, and thankfully for us, God isn’t winging it. He’s not waking up every morning wondering what will happen today. The Author and Finisher knows exactly what happens next, and He hasn’t dropped the ball, lost His train of thought, or gotten lost down a rabbit trail.

As the plot twist we’re currently living in continues to spin and spiral, my prayer for all of us is that we will be comforted by the extraordinary grace that is ours as beloved creations. That we will rest in the knowledge that we don’t have to have it all figured out, because He’s gone before us into every confusing bit of our story, and He’s already written a happily ever after that is beyond our wildest dreams. 

Grace and peace,


Lynn H. Blackburn believes in the power of stories, especially those that remind us that true love exists, a gift from the Truest Love.

Her Dive Team Investigations series kicked off in March of 2018 with Beneath the Surface. The second book in the series, In Too Deep, released in November of 2018. The last book in the series, One Final Breath, released in September 2019. Her first book, Covert Justice, won the 2016 Selah Award for Mystery and Suspense and the 2016 Carol Award for Short Novel. Her second book, Hidden Legacy, released in June 2017.


  1. That's probably my favorite part of the creative process. I love discovering new characters. And then I love it when a brand new one shows up suddenly in the middle of a book.

  2. Love this post, Lynn. Creating my characters is my favorite part of the process! I love digging deep and figuring out their past. Also love that your new character is a redhead! ;-) Blessings!

  3. Under all this stress, I have found a desperate need to be creative. Part of the problem of the stay at home order for me is the lack of new experiences to stimulate my creativity. So I've had to come up with substitutes. I also believe our ability to create gives us a peek into the delight how Creator takes in the process.

  4. Lynn, what a fabulous post! I hadn't considered the correlation between how God felt and how I feel when creating. I like that.

  5. Great parallel! I never considered how writers mirror how God creates real characters while we create imaginary ones. Love your post!