Stories Are Powerful | Guest Post

Hey folks! If your just now joining the tour my name is Kaytlin Phillips and I am the founder of Writers’ Vision: A Christian Creative Community. When not over there you can find me on the blog I share with my sisters called Sisters Three or more often than not creating or getting lost in a made-up world. That’s a little about me and now for my guest post!

Oftentimes the power in words and stories is overlooked. We’re told that words can hurt, if we let them. Then we’ve probably all heard the old rhyme, “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” That, my friends, is an untrue statement.

Sometimes words hurt more than anything else. Physical injuries heal and often the pain associated with them fades, but words…oh, words hurt so much. They stick with you, rising to taunt you, tempt you, remind you of the pain that they inflicted. And that pain doesn’t fade, you feel it just as keenly everytime that memory rises.

In short words are powerful, which makes stories infinitely more powerful.

If a single sentence can bounce around your mind for years a single story…it takes up residence.

Now, this may sound like I’m exaggerating, right? Surely not, it’s just a story, made up, for fun…never. A story is never just a story. It is so much more! Stories are the gateways of reality, they are the building blocks of fundamental lessons. They are escapes and learning, friends and foes, they are powerful, infinitely more powerful than you realize.

As I’ve said in a similar article I wrote a few years back, stories can either build you up or tear you down. They can make you laugh or cry. They can fill you with pure thoughts and good intentions or with not so good thoughts.

Books and stories are hope at work. They are not frivolous, they are not just ‘enterainment’, what you read matters so much more than most people realize, the affect it has on you consciously and subconsciously are great. The thoughts and actions in a fiction book can cause your brain to go off on a whole tangent of thoughts, all based on one sentence from a 80,000 word novel.

So, how does this apply to writers?

What we write is powerful! Words are hope, motivation, inspiration, empowerment, and freedom! Words move people to do things. Did you know the revolutionary war was spured on by an article published in a newspaper? Think about Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech, treaties are made up of words, our constitution is made of words! Words change the world.

The stories you write are so much more powerful than you realize. Do you know stories and books are the first think communist governments remove, because of the power they hold. Does that scare you? Think about the power in your hands? In the story you are writing!

To say a story is just a story is dismissing one of the most powerful things on earth, words. When we string a story together, made up of thousands upon thousands of words, we have the potential to change someones, day, life, year, we have the potential to change the world!

So, what are you doing with that potential? Are you using it? Are you writing a story of morals? Are you writing a story to inspire? Are you writing for a greater good? Or are you just writing…are you just stringing together a story with no idea what your intentions are? Because let me tell you something, words are so powerful. A writers pen is his sword and if you aren’t intentionally using your sword for good, you are unintentionally using it for bad. We must be conscious about what we write. Does it line up with what the Bible says? Am I writing something that is honoring God? Am I writing a story that will be impactful on readers or one that will leave them feeling empty and despairing?

Stories are powerful, words are powerful. What are you doing with your words? Are you using them to write stories that are powerful?

Hello, I’m Kaytlin!

A homeschool grad, blogger, influencer, and the author of the MG fantasy World of Silence, Co-Author with my sisters, Marisa and Jaiden, of the YA Fantasy series The Dragon Prince Chronicles, and have been featured in the Seize the Night Anthology.

I first discovered a love for writing at the age of seven when I plagiarized a Roy Roger’s film into my own book. Since then I’ve become more creative and write books of my own invention, which are usually stories of hope, purpose, and redemption.  More often than not you can find me with my nose in a book, whisked away to some fictional setting.

Through my stories I long to present the Savior and His overwhelming love for us, I want everyone to know they are never too far gone for God to save them and that everyone has a purpose!

Writers’ Vision is…

Writers’ Vision is a community where Christian creatives can connect and receive feedback, advice, encouragement, and even form friendships. Originally started in 2021 as a writers’ critique site, Writers’ Vision has expanded to include creatives of all levels! From authors to bloggers and even editors! Whether it is a community you are looking for or simply encouragement and advice, Writers’ Vision is here to help!

Our Community space where we share bits of our stories is open to a wide variety of genres and is for making your manuscript what you envisioned it could be.

The Community is a place where authors and bloggers can receive Beta reading services from readers and fellow authors. But it’s not just another critique group, it is a friendship, a coming together for the benefit of all involved.

Writing to Awaken Hope
The Official Blog of Writer’s Vision

Writing to Awaken Hope is the official blog of Writers’ Vision and is full of encouraging posts, interviews, stories, and even useful skills and resources for authors and bloggers alike.

Our Writing Challenges

Writers’ Vision host a writing challenge/competition every three months! The prompts range from sentences, word count restrictions, picture prompts, and even collages!

The challenge winner has their story posted on the Writers’ Vision blog and, of course, given bragging rights.

You don’t have to be a member of the Community to enter or even be subscribed to the blog.

You don’t have to be a member of the Community to enter or even be subscribed to the blog.

Tour Schedule

Monday, Jan 16th

Writers’ Vision – Kick-Off Post
Vanessa Hall – Spotlight
Louise Taylor – Spotlight

Tuesday, Jan 17th

Pearl Christine – Spotlight
Sisters Three – Spotlight

Wednesday, Jan 18th

Louise Taylor – Guest Post
Allyson Jamison – Interview

Thursday, Jan 19th

Lorelei Angelino – Spotlight
Madisyn Carlin – Spotlight & Guest Post
Lillian Keith – Spotlight & Interview

Friday, Jan 20th

Kristina Hall – Interview
Vanessa Hall – Interview
Annabelle Batie – Spotlight & Guest Post
Abbigail Befus – Interview
A.J. Syngraféas – Guest Post

Weekend Off….

Monday, Jan 23rd

Joelle Stone – Guest Post
Louise Taylor – Interview
Writers’ Vision – Mid-Tour Recap

Tuesday, Jan 24th

Abbigail Befus – Guest Post
Issabelle Perry – Guest Post

Wednesday, Jan 25th

Saraina Whitney – Guest Post
Grace A. Johnson – Spotlight
Allyson Jamison – Guest Post

Thursday, Jan 26th

Grace A. Johnson – Interview
Sisters Three – About Writers’ Vision

Friday, Jan 27th

Grace A. Johnson – Guest Post
Annabelle Batie – InterviewWriters’ Vision – Wrap-Up Post

Your turn!

Do you believe stories are powerful? Do you use your words to the best of your ability? What is your takeaway from this post?

Blessings, Allyson


9 thoughts on “Stories Are Powerful | Guest Post

  1. Yes, a writer’s pen is his sword!!! I love that Luther quote that says if you want to change the word, then pick up your pen and write…that reminded me of this post! So incredibly good! Thank you for sharing, Kayti and Allyson!

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    1. I love that quote as well! Yes, a pen is one of the mightiest swords if used right. The power of words is amazing!! You’re welcome! Thanks for reading!!

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  2. Love this! Whenever I pray over my writing (and that’s a lot!), I always ask for words that will inspire, uplift, and make a positive impact in some way. Yes, I want to entertain, but that’s not as beautiful as creating something that will continue on well after it’s read. Thank you for reminding us of that!

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    1. Thanks for reading, Regina! Yes, that is so true. Prayer is such an important area of life! 💙 I completely agree with you! My goal with my writing is to not simply write a story that merely entertains but impacts the reader long after they finish the book.

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