Saturday, May 30, 2020

What Does My Writing Reflect?

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

It’s no surprise—to anyone who follows my photography regularly—that I love reflections. My husband, Kirk, claims it’s not possible for me to pass a puddle without snapping a picture (I plead the 5th). But his observation has made me consider why I’m so enamored by these unexpected photo ops.

I think that the unexpectedness I find there is a big part of why I love these image opportunities so much. The reflections aren't something new exactly, instead they're a way to view something ordinary in a new way.  

Reflections are unexpected glimpses of something obvious. To me, they’re almost more revelations than reflections. 

And this is the crux of what it means to be a writer—an exceptional writer. We look at situations, characters, and even God and we share something unexpected. We freeze the moments of life and give those who read our words an opportunity to look at things from a different perspective. 

So as I dive back into my writing, I’m going to consider what it's reflecting. Do I take the time and effort to mirror the joy, hope and love of Jesus in unexpected ways through what I write? Or when people read my words do they see only what's expected? 
And I'm going to take this lesson and apply it to my life at large. Because I'm learning that when I reflect on the obvious, I often find God reveals something unexpected.

Where has reflecting led you recently in your writing? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.Connect with her on her website, through Facebook, Twitter and on Instagram


  1. I love your photos. This one is really mesmerizing. I like how you've turned the reflection idea toward our writing, Edie. I'm right at the start of a new book, so I'm applying it!

    1. Ane, thank you! I think you already doing a great job with what your writing ALWAYS reflects! Blessings, E

  2. Loved the picture, Edie. I have completed two books - one published and one I have completed the writing but I'm into editing it. I think I have applied the reflection idea you write about somewhat, but I will apply it even more as I go through my editing. You and your writers in The Write Conversation have really opened my eyes when it comes to writing. I appreciate all of you.

    1. Diane, thank you! I'm so glad we've been able to be a blessing to you!

  3. Reflecting has led me to try and help people find more joy in the day to day life. There are lots of ways to find joy, even in the midst of sadness.

    1. Melissa, you're so right! Joy is there, but sometimes we must look to find it. Thank you for sharing! Blessings, E