That time of year is coming up again, people! The month where you have outlined your story (unless you’re a pantser like myself and have a hard time with that) and are completely prepared for the journey ahead. By the time it’s halfway through the month, we’re exhausted and almost dead (except I haven’t died yet since I’ve never done Nano. Good thing us authors will have many lives when it comes to writing xD)
Most of you have probably guessed I’m referring to Nanowrimo because of the title… xD
I’m partially outlining my novel right now, with the help of Jerry Jenkins Writers Guild.
(I was lucky enough to get a “trial” for two weeks which cost me a dollar adn I’m taking lots of notes. Perhaps I’ll share what I learned in a few weeks. 🙂 )
I have a general idea of what my story is about
because maybe I have been planning everything out for years and decided to act on it now, but still… the feels for “discovering” what your book is about.
Here’s the journey so far:
I was originally going to write a christian historical fiction for Nano, but I realized early on that that story idea was not what I wanted to do and it wasn’t going to work. But being the person I am, I tried to force it…. until I decided it wasn’t going to work.Thanks to a webinar, it made me realize I should write another story instead and turn fear into motivation. I decided to write a story which I’m calling my “superhero” story…. if I knew what genre it falls under, maybe I’d call it something different.
Hey, it’s either superhero or ninja, although ninjas are not in it… 😛
Anyways, I’ve been “planning” this story in my head for so many years and it’s exciting to finally have everything come together
and actually show up on paper.
I was struggling a little with changing the story idea I wanted to do because I knew my “superhero” story could not have any christian themes, no matter how deeply I thought about it (which I did for a long time, people. Even before Nanowrimo).
So I decided for now that as long as I keep it clean and leave magic out of it, then I think it will be glorifying to God. Maybe not in the terms of glorifying Him with Bible verses and christian themes, but clean and pure (as in no dirty scenes, bad words, etc) to lead others to hopefully read something better than the junk out there today.
I hope to write the historical fiction story idea in the future, just not right now. It feels kind of forced for the moment.
Why Do We Write?
I suppose it depends on everyone’s morals, how they were raised, convictions, etc; but here’s what I think.
Honestly, I just have the excitement of writing something that has been in my mind for a long time. I don’t think I feel pride or give myself credit for the awesome idea I had necessarily… I just find it amazing that God has given us this ability to be creative in everything we do. I don’t care about getting famous or recognized,
although it would just be cool for me to have a book published one day with my name on it and to see it on Goodreads. 😛
But then, there’s the matter of glorifying God through our writings.
I do agree that we should, but I don’t think we necessarily have to make it christian-related/with bible verses unless the story revolves around those specifically (such as The Left Behind series). I’ve seen plenty of authors that do that very well (such as Janette Oke, Jerry Jenkins, etc), but I’ve also seen a few that have not.
The only book I can think of for the moment to use an example for what did not do very well is the remakes of Elsie Dinsmore. Yeah, I’ve only read the first book, Elsie’s Endless Wait, but it just didn’t come off right to me. I can totally connect with Elsie on a deeper level because I understand how she felt towards her father, but she was too perfect. (Although that encouraged me a bit to be better for the Lord, it certainly made me realize that most people could never be as perfect as Elsie.) The author certainly didn’t do her research when it came to the verses… No child should have to endure the treatment she did, and I’m resistant (if it’s really bad) when someone shows me horrible treatment. I guess it’s a bit complicated whether we should resist authority or not because the Bible says:
“Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves d*mnation. ” Romans 13:1-2 KJV
I guess I’m a bit touchy when I think about the subject of treatment
and a bit clueless or something xD
I have read some books by christian authors that don’t involve Bible verses or christian-related topics but they’re are clean (at least mostly, with some having romance sometimes)
I think that as long as we keep our stories clean and don’t put descriptive sinful actions* in it, doesn’t it glorify God in that way?
*unless that is the point of the story/character. The author could be trying to show the reader something important or show the character’s changes in their personality/beliefs, again as long as it is not describing something sinful that people such as myself do not want to read.
This kind of made me realize that before I start writing christian fiction, I’d like to read the Bible more if I choose to include verses in future writings.
This just the way I personally feel about the matter. 🙂
What are your thoughts?
Should christian authors always use something, whether christian-related or Bible–related, in their writings? Why?
Are you doing Nanowrimo?