Sunday, September 27, 2020

Being a Writer Who Chases the Light

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

Friends and family who tag along when I go on a photo excursion often accuse me of chasing the light.

I’ve been known to walk backward looking for interesting backlit shapes, crawl on the ground searching for the best light, and even perch precariously on various objects in my quest. 

And I’m rarely disappointed. Objects always take on a special quality when I can find just the right lighting.

I often wonder what would happen if I was as diligent a light-chaser in my writing life. What if I went to as much effort to view life—and focus my writing—on the light of God’s perspective? I suspect the results would be even more illuminating. 

I love being known as a photographer who chases the light. But starting today, I’m going to be even more diligent to be known as an author who chases God’s light.


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.
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  1. interesting, I know exactly what you mean, as a photographer chasing the light, but as a writer? how exactly would that work? immediately, I think, "Ahh" I do this all the time when I am reading the Bible, journaling on the Word, listening for the prayer to pray. The trick is to switch the light on while I am writing, to seek His kingdom and His righteousness, is that it? sort of, but it's more like panning for gold where the words sentences are the rocks, the building blocks, and all of a sudden God shines His light on a phrase, and there you go, plot shift, character reveal, relationship solidified, reader brought to tears or sudden laughter. blessings,
    thank you,

  2. Great words, Edie. Thanks for sharing.I will try to use the light of God's perspective in my writing.

  3. As someone who has been known to spend entire vacations lugging around a tripod and a backpack full of equipment, this post is like a bases-loaded home run to me. I see God's handiwork and beauty in the detail and hundreds of colors in moss. rocks, rotting wood, frayed ropes, landscapes, etc. Each image easily inspires a character, a setting, a plot. We serve best when we connect these dots.
    Jay Wright; Anderson, SC

  4. I want to be a writer who chases the light, too. I pray before writing. I ask God to give me the words He wants me to share. :-)

  5. Yes, I'm late, but good words. Panning for gold, looking for light? As writers we all know the moment when we hit gold and find the right light. And that's what we as Christian writers are looking for, showing the world the gold of God's light 'when you only have words'. Donevy