Being a Writer Who Chases the Light

by Edie Melson @EdieMelson

The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5

Friends and family who tag along when I go on a photo excursion often accuse me of chasing the light.

I’ve been known to walk backward looking for interesting backlit shapes, crawl on the ground searching for the best light, and even perch precariously on various objects in my quest. 

And I’m rarely disappointed. Objects always take on a special quality when I can find just the right lighting.

I often wonder what would happen if I was as diligent a light-chaser in my writing life. What if I went to as much effort to view life—and focus my writing—on the light of God’s perspective? I suspect the results would be even more illuminating. 

I love being known as a photographer who chases the light. But starting today, I’m going to be even more diligent to be known as an author who chases God’s light.


Edie Melson is a woman of faith with ink-stained fingers observing life through the lens of her camera. No matter whether she’s talking to writers, entrepreneurs, or readers, her first advice is always “Find your voice, live your story.” As an author, blogger, and speaker she’s encouraged and challenged audiences across the country and around the world. Her numerous books reflect her passion to help others develop the strength of their God-given gifts and apply them to their lives.Connect with her on her , through ,  and on .