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Forest Fires and Writing

Inspiration: Forest Fires and Writing

What do forest fires and writing have in common? On our recent tours of Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks, we saw areas where forest fires had decimated the trees, leaving only blackened sticks protruding from the ground. The guide explained that, although the damage seemed irreparable, the fires serve a purpose in the survival of the forests.

When the fires sweep through, the heat from the fires burst the seed pods that the trees have produced. The pods will remain closed until heated by the fires. Once the fire is gone, the seeds fall on the ground, and the burned matter provides the nutrients for them to sprout and grow new trees. The fire is actually beneficial to the forest. In this photo, the first thing you notice is all the dead trees. But, when you shift your gaze to the ground, it’s green with new growth. Read more about this phenomenon here.

Writers often say (and I’ve said it myself) that they cannot write because a personal or family crisis that takes up their time and energy. But, I’ve always said that every experience, no matter how disastrous it seems, is fuel for your future writing. Is there a forest fire in your life right now? Perhaps this experience will generate seeds for writing ideas that will green up and blossom once the fire is over.

Information: More Conferences

In a previous post, I listed writers conferences that were on my wish list. Some subscribers commented and added their recommendations. I’m including them in this post so that all subscribers will see their suggestions.

Cricket Keeth recommends:

Terry W. Whalin has a list of conferences on his Right Writing website.

Readers, have you experienced a disastrous situation in your life that generated material for a book or for your ministry? How about conferences? Would you like to recommend one other than what we’ve mentioned? Share your thoughts by commenting on this post. If you receive this post by email, please click on the title of the post to go to my site. Scroll down to Leave a Reply and comment there.

4 Responses to Forest Fires and Writing

  1. Abigail Neilson February 11, 2017 at 9:22 am #

    Thank you for this valuable article. It is very profound and so true! God’s ways never cease to amaze me. My first Indie Published book, published last year, was birthed out of a severe family crises outlined in the latter part of the book.

  2. Terry Whalin February 11, 2017 at 9:47 am #


    You’ve provided great encouragement in this article to write your experiences as they happen. If you don’t the details tend to fade. These stories can be great material for magazine articles and chapters of a book. I’m a huge fan of writing personal experience magazine articles because you will reach many more people than a typical book.

    The Writing Life

  3. Emily Akin February 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    Thanks for mentioning magazine articles, Terry. So many people think in terms of a book without considering how many people can be reached by a single article.

  4. Emily Akin February 11, 2017 at 5:00 pm #

    Thanks for subscribing, Abigail. I wish you good luck with your indie book.

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