Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Writers and Natural Disasters

Debby Giusti here.  The news on TV tonight showed fires ravaging Arizona similar to the deadly blazes that burned through Texas earlier in the spring.

Just a few weeks ago, killer tornadoes ripped apart large areas of the Southeast and spread havoc as far north as New England.

Flood waters covered the middle of our country as the Mighty Mississippi overflowed her banks and destroyed farms and crops and homes and businesses across a number of states.

Tragic catastrophes show the fragility of our lives and the often uncontrollable power of nature. Faced with such widespread devastation, even the hardest of hearts often turn to God in supplication.

How can a writer draw inspiration from disasters? What do we learn about the human spirit and the will to live and survive and rebuild and thrive despite horrific obstacles? Can we create fictional characters with the determination and grit we see in our real life heroes who have the courage to go on?

What have you learned from our recent disasters?

Wishing you abundant blessings,
Debby Giusti

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PamelaTracy said...

I'm in Arizona and we're watching the news and praying. Wow, is this a killer fire. We've been to go all the places evacuated.

Debby Giusti said...

Pam, praying for you and your family and everyone in the path of the fire. Terrible.

The destruction this year has been amazing.

Keep us posted!