I’ve been absent from my blog posting because I’ve been … Ta Da … writing. Yea!!!
I didn’t make word goal for the week, but I’m feeling more immersed in the story so I’m content. Yesterday, I went looking for some photos that might represent my characters. I don’t normally do this. My characters are so real in my head that it’s almost impossible to find an actual person to represent them, but it worked out this time.
Thoughts on "Emerging" Christian Fiction
Hmm. I’ve been bopping around the blogosphere a bit, reading different Christian fiction writers’ blogs. Sometimes I was left really disturbed by what I read. I guess because too often what I seem to be reading is "what is out there isn’t as good as what I could do/what I am doing." Hmm. I know many of the CBA published authors today. They are writing some fine stuff. All writers need to strive to improve constantly, but is cutting down our brothers and sisters in Christ the way to do it? Don’t get me wrong. I read many different kinds of Christian fiction, and I love many of the new voices that are coming along.
As for my own writing, I’m not terribly analytical. I admit it. I try to write the stories God gives me to write. I don’t want to analyze His direction. I just want to obey.
I like what Pat Loomis said on Deep POV: "A New Christian Fiction writer can be defined as a Christian writer whose work falls into one or more rings of a set of concentric circles as defined below and who supports all Christian writers no matter what circle they choose to write in." It’s the supports all Christian writers no matter what circle they choose to write in that I think is so important. The definition she shares comes from Steve Turner’s book, Imagine.
I read with a sense of heartache the lead article in the February issue of Charisma Magazine. One of the purposes for all Christians is ministry to the body of Christ. If we are out of fellowship, we miss the opportunity to fulfill our purpose.
From personal experience, I know that when we are out of regular fellowship with the family of God, we are headed for trouble. It’s easier to practice sin. It’s easier to leave the Bible unread.
Oh, Happy Day!
I’ve marked my calendar for March 22. That’s the Tuesday when Finding Neverland will be released on DVD. This was my favorite movie of 2004. I don’t expect it to win at the Oscars (except maybe for the score which is truly beautiful), but it is a perfectly wonderful movie as far as I’m concerned, and I will watch it often once I own it.
And now it seems I’m getting a late start in getting ready for church so I must run. Hopefully, I won’t leave too many errors and typos in the post in my rush.
In the grip of His grace,