July 26, 2022
Guest blog by Chiara Talluto
In the last few weeks, the housing market has done a 360 degree turn with the interest rates going up in hopes of slowing down the housing boom we’ve been in for the last twelve months. It’s been interesting to watch how this has had tremendous effect for those who are getting married and want to buy a house, those who are retiring and want to enjoy multiple properties, and even the empty nesters that are finally downsizing into smaller living spaces. These last two years there has been so much instability in the economy, world issues, and humanity.
On a recent road trip with my family, we couldn’t help noticing countless building construction sites and new neighborhoods popping up all over the place. These are all good things, of course, but somehow this inspired me to ponder upon the construction of creativity, that is, stories, blogs, essays, etc.
Back in 2007, I had written a dystopian short story set in the year 2032. Now that I think about it, that’s not too far off in the future. I wrote this quick draft in a matter of days. One man’s quest to resurrect the Christian faith in a new-world government and with a single-world religion. A mission impossible to spread the Word of God and regain what had been lost. It was a stretch of my imagination, at the time, a challenge none-the-less as I write Inspirational/Christian fiction, and have dabbled in Middle-grade-aged, fantasy-fairy tales.
Life happened, and I put away the draft all these years later until January 2022. Like the housing boom, I found it was the appropriate time to resurrect the storyline, and so I got into the prose and quickly began editing this raw piece of writing. I had been on a roll the last few months, and like the rise of interest rates, I suddenly found myself slowing—blocked and void of imagination, the worst thing to happen to any writer.
It may seem I’m comparing apples to oranges here, but creatively, a writer has to overcome the self-doubt in order to finish the story, like the building of a house. The foundation needs to be put down, and then the framing, and then the exterior, and finally all the interior design of the home to make it all complete. Each step of the process done before the next step.
If you’re writing for publication, traditional or indie, there could be delays in printing, marketing, promotions, etc. In the housing arena there are challenges too. Market changes, financial issues, lack of construction workers, materials backlogged, you get the drift.
Life is not without problems and issues. In both cases, you have to stay on track and keep moving. The world doesn’t stop and neither should your creative writing. Don’t stop. Get out of your distractions and keep fabricating your writing endeavors!
ღ About Chiara Talluto ღ
“I’m not a bestselling author, I’m just a ‘nobody’ who uses storytelling to encourage others to find their purpose and save their souls.”
Hello, my name is Chiara Talluto. I’m a wife, busy mom, author, and a woman after God’s heart. As I ponder this declaration, I find it more appropriate to claim that I am a woman after God’s heart first. He has given me a gift of writing, and I honor Him through my written works. People often ask what kind of writing I do. I tell them… I write Inspirational/Christian drama empowering women to discover their faith, use perseverance to overcome adversity, and become heroes of their own destinies. I also write middle-grade fantasy-fairy tales to encourage girls in developing strong morals and values, and to always stand up for what is right.
I’ve been blessed to have published four books: A Christian Romance, Love’s Perfect Surrender, two middle-grade fantasy-fairy tales: Petrella, the Gillian Princess and A Tribute to Tulipia, and an Inspirational fiction, She Made It Matter. Currently, I’m working on a dystopian short-story.
I never set out to be a writer, or a Christian writer for that matter, it just happened. It’s who I am and who I was meant to be. Writing is my outlet, a spilling of emotions, random thoughts, and imaginary characters that consume my mind twenty-four hours a day. I need to write, just like I need to eat, exercise, and breathe. And so folks, that’s my story, and I’m sticking to it…
To learn more about me, my published works, and blogs, go to www.chiaratalluto.com.
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