Faith. It’s one of those things we have whether we’re aware of it or not. It’s not a question of “if” but “what” we believe.On the relationship between faith and reason, some agree with Aquinas, who wrote that faith isn’t opposed to reason but is its corollary. Reason establishes that which is logical (reasonable) to believe and faith begins there.
But others (Bahnsen, for one) disagree. They contend that reason doesn’t begin to function until faith is operational. To try and use logic on “ultimate” questions, such as human purpose in creation, is like trying to measure celestial music with a teaspoon!Whether you believe in a Creator God, the Big Bang theory or both/neither, you probably agree that writing requires some measure of faith. The successful writer must believe that she has:
1) some talent to begin with (a gift)
2) something important to say
3) the ability to work out the difficulties of craft—plot, characterization, theme, etc.—in a satisfactory and engaging way
4) the possibility of eventually reaching at least one reader—preferably an editor.
And then? That she’ll be able to do it again.