As I was driving home today the song Make Me Feel Your Love, by Garth Brooks, came on the radio and I thought of all the music Garth has written over the years. The song The Dance has been used for so many occasions, including the death of Dale Earnhardt Sr. How creative does one have to be write songs one after another that hit the top 20 in country music? Does it come from life experiences? If you talk to a songwriter you hear them tell about taking life experiences and writing the songs that reach out to their audiences. George Strait, Luke Bryan, Alan Jackson, Alabama and other great country entertainers all tell the same story. The great love songs come from their heart. Luke Bryan just wrote a song called Strip It Down for his wife and his love for her.
As an author do we do the same thing? Do we pull from our emotions of a situation or event and write a book? I think sometimes we do. Other times we read an article or hear a story and it gives us light for a book. Me? My Children’s books came from the animals around our family pond and watching them interact with one another. The turtles swam with the fish and frogs, the geese and ducks didn’t bother either one of them much as they floated around the pond. Relating to some stories I had heard with my youth fellowship group created a story. The second book of the series came from a girl I knew who never traveled out of the state and didn’t know what was on the other side of the state. That became a story for my duck to travel and see things he had not seen before. Galon the Northern Pintail Duck has become a series of things children encounter and deal with these days. The first book is a story of accepting his life and that he doesn’t have a mother and father. In the end he realizes he has a family, they are everyone at the pond.
There are so many stories and songs yet to be produced and the creativity of the artists is something we don’t judge, just appreciate for their fearlessness to do the piece, writing something from their heart to reach out to their fans.
“There is nothing to writing. All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”
― Ernest Hemingway