One day I asked the Lord if we could write a novel. “That would be kind of fun” I stated. I didn’t know if He would want to do that or not but as it turned out He did. Not all of us want to write a novel, not all want to write a text book, or an autobiography of our life.
Whatever we write there’s a few things we need to keep in mind and number one is to glorify the Lord. Number two is, we want to give people hope, and number three is, we want our story to be written in a way that the reader can relate to.
If we are writing a novel, for example, are our characters portrayed in a way that someone can say, “wow, that’s just how I feel!” Maybe your novel is about being a single mother or a single father. Personally I cannot relate to that since I am neither so I wouldn’t want to attempt a novel about the struggles, the joys or the challenges that being a single parent entails.
When we decide to write we want to write about something that we know about. If, for example, you’re an avid sports fan, that might be something you could write about, and be sure to include the pro’s and con’s of following a certain team, for example. “My wife threatened divorce because she said I’m married to football, but then she got interested and …”
What we are doing in our writing is giving not just the warm and fuzzy, but a realistic picture of whatever we’re writing about, be it fiction or non-fiction. The more the reader can relate to our story the better.
If we can give the good, the bad, and the ugly in an interesting way then as a Christian writer we may be able to change a life or some negative attitudes. In my book, Laying Down my Net – A Walk of Faith, I think that was accomplished. The story not only tells the truth about my immaturity as a new Christian, but the struggles I had in being obedient and having to totally depend on Christ for my survival, and how God’s faithfulness shines throughout the book. And that’s what it’s all about!
I probably broke every writing rule there is when I wrote that first book but because I was being so transparent with all that “good, bad, and ugly” it has been the most popular of the eight books I have published.
Be honest with your characters, bring out the vulnerability of humans, and always have God as the hero.
Blessings – til next time.