Welcome back to the party! Come on in. The Literary Lodge is a bit crowded, but we can always fit in a few more. Oh, and there’s ice cream in the kitchen. And popsicles.
Today we are going to be sharing some writing advice with you. There is so much writing advice. Everyone has something to say, often more than one something. But don’t worry, we’ll only have 2 pieces of advice at each Conference room. We wouldn’t want to completely overwhelm you.
And don’t forget the Quote Search and the giveaway. And, if you haven’t downloaded your free gift, you can do it by clicking the image.
Write for God’s glory,
Not for man’s praise.
While this bit of advise may seem a given, it is easy to forget it. We, as authors, want our books to sell. (No problem there.) We want reviews and ratings. (Yep, it helps the sales.) We want to be as popular as some other authors. But if we focus on man’s praise (what sells), we are not focusing on God’s glory. Now this doesn’t mean that you must write “preachy” stories, dull and boring stories, or ones where the good people are perfect and the bad guys are absolutely evil. But it does mean that our stories must tell our reader that we have a relationship with the Lord Jesus, and it’s not just a “Sunday thing” but an everyday relationship. Don’t add the Christianity as an afterthought so you can call a book “Christian.” It isn’t about adding a few Bible verses or mentioning a few prayers. It’s about a story that is Christ honoring at its core. That is what needs to be written.
This sort of goes along with the other advice, but it goes beyond that. Perhaps you think that it won’t matter if you get right up next to “the line” of evil, be it in romance leading to sensual, evil leading into defiling, humor leading into stupidity, language leading into swearing, or whatever else you can think of that separates a Christ honoring story to a flesh pleasing one. Now before you get started, I know others do. I’ve seen it. I’ve read it, and I’ve cringed over it. Don’t go there! A few extra sales, or the sales of hundreds is not worth the risk of defiling readers. If you have doubts, don’t. If you would blush to read it aloud in mixed company, don’t write it. Don’t compromise your high standards for the world’s applause. Don’t even get close to the line. Not only could you defile some readers, you could make them so used to whatever line you are pushing, that they go beyond your stories to the world’s filth when yours no longer thrills.
Quote Search/Trial/Game time!
Rules: Follow the blog trail by clicking on the blog button below and then on the button featured on the next blog and so on. Each blog will have a few bold, colorful words. (They probably will stick out The two most and not fit in with the post. See what I mean?) Collect all these words from each blog. (And yes, those are your first words.) Together they will form a quote about writing. Once you have completed the quote, type it into the giveaway space and get your extra entries. There will be a new quote each day. Have fun!
What’s a party without a giveaway? We have an exciting Grand Prize for you writers out there, so be sure you enter. And, if we get
30 40 different people entered in the giveaway, we will add a 2nd 3rd place prize!
You must actually complete the entries you mark as completed. Any winning entry will be verified and any entries that weren’t actually completed will be disqualified.
- Paper copy of The Emotion Thesaurus
- $5.00 Amazon Gift Card
- Free Cover Design by Victoria Lynn
- $30 Blog Tour Orchestration by Faith Blum
- Free Edit of up to 5000 words by Erika Mathews
2nd Place Prize:
- $10.00 Amazon Gift Card