For the greater purposes of our community here, I offer this short bit adapted from “A Defence of Poesy” by Sir Philip Sidney, 1595. I’m hoping to offer more as time allows, and if you find it helpful (you can find the original text here, and an excellent introduction to Sir Sidney’s defense in Don Williams’ essay, "Christian Poetics, Past and Present" in The Christian Imagination). May it encourage you to remember just how foundational your work is to the purposes of the Maker:
“In ancient Greek, the word for a creative writer, or “poet,” shared its root with the verb “to make.” When we consider the Maker who used the originating Word to speak all things into existence, it is easy to understand from where this idea of a creative writer’s high call originated….
“This is why it is not going too far to say that the highest point of man’s capacity is seen in the creative act of writing and joins there with the highest value of nature, to bring honor and glory to God. We must not fail to give the Maker the highest honor for the gift of the creative writer, or “maker,” who following the example set forth, makes man in his own likeness and whose work sets its importance above all other workers observing in the fields of science and philosophy, and man above all nature through which he receives the heavenly transmission of the creative impulse… With the force of a divine breath God brought all things forth and erected our own minds to understand what perfection is. [And this is what creative writers do.] This is why the Greeks gave creative writers the name above all names of learning.
“Creative writing, therefore, is the art of imitation of the original creation. Aristotle termed it mimesis which is a representing, counterfeiting, or figuring to speak metaphorically. A “speaking picture” with its aim to teach and delight (from which we derive the principal aim of education: to enlighten the mind while entertaining it). Of this art, there have been three general kinds, the chief of them being that which imitates the inconceivable excellence of God, as David in his Psalms, or Solomon in his Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs, Moses and Debora in their hymns, and the writer of Job, all of which make up the poetic part of Scripture. Against these origins, none can speak who hold the Bible in due reverence.”