Thursday, July 21, 2016

In the Beginning...

I'm beginning a journey tonight.  For a long time, I've wanted to write inspirational non-fiction and fiction, but I've been so focused on other projects, I've let that goal slide.  No longer.  I've decided to create a series of writing prompts that begin with a Bible verse (or a few verses) and see where they take my writing (and maybe anyone else's who wants to play along).

So, to start things off, I thought I'd start at the beginning. I am using the English Standard Version of the Bible, and I'm pulling this particular set of verses from https://www.biblegateway.com/.

Genesis 1:1-2:3English Standard Version (ESV)The Creation of the WorldIn the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness.God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.And God said, “Let there be an expanse[a] in the midst of the waters, and let it separate the waters from the waters.” And God made[b] the expanse and separated the waters that were under the expanse from the waters that were above the expanse. And it was so. And God called the expanse Heaven.[c] And there was evening and there was morning, the second day.And God said, “Let the waters under the heavens be gathered together into one place, and let the dry land appear.” And it was so. 10 God called the dry land Earth,[d] and the waters that were gathered together he called Seas. And God saw that it was good.11 And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants[e] yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so. 12 The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13 And there was evening and there was morning, the third day.14 And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and forseasons,[f] and for days and years, 15 and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so.16 And God made the two great lights—the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule the night—and the stars. 17 And God set them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth, 18 to rule over the day and over the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good. 19 And there was evening and there was morning, the fourth day.20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds[g] fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.”21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

Around me now, I am blessed to live in a world created by an infinite God.  I know some will argue that through a series of perfect circumstance, the world as we know it evolved, and though I consider myself an open-minded thinker and an educated person, I can't help but recognize a methodical approach to so much of the way the universe operates that I just don't see it happening if left up to random chance.  Chance is too unpredictable.  You can't rely on it to guide a working system.  To me, the world we live in seems designed.  Designed by a divine Hand that continues to work still today.
Ultimately, though, as a writer, I'm a world creator.  I design worlds in which stories take place.  It's not always easy, but I know I have to do one thing well--keep it consistent.  There must be a method to it.  So, that is my first writing challenge.  Anyone is welcome to play along.  Just write the following in the comments, in a Microsoft Word doc, or in a notebook:
Describe the room in which you are sitting right now.  Use spatial description to work your way methodically through the area.  You can begin on one side and move to the other, start at the bottom and move up, start in one corner and make your way around the room, or any variation of these options.  Simply describe your current world in which you sit.  When I get another chance to write, I'll take the time to do the same myself in the comments below.
Until then, happy writing!

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