by Terri Gillespie
Fiction matters. Just as Jesus used parables to convey or hide a message for His chosen to discover, Christian fiction compels us to think and connect with our Creator. We develop stories that reveal who we are, the state of humanity, and the greatest theme of all, God’s love.
As Christian writers, we pull from a sacred place of creativity. We hear voices. We see mountains and streets and dragons and beauty parlors. We see the frailty of an antagonist and the flaws of the protagonist. We understand that conflict builds character and drives a story forward.
We are the authors in this world. Which means we understand in a way, a relevant part of our Heavenly Father—the Creator of the Universe. And His Son, Jesus, the Author.
Hebrews 12:2 says: “Let us look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”
We have been given insight into a secret realm of cause and effect where conflict creates character and God’s Hand is always present in the story. Our stories can show a hurting world that even when things look desperate and hopeless, there is an Author who knows the ending to the story—and it is good.
This is a profound mystery that we understand because it is part of the authenticity of a story. What an honor that is!
Whether we’re a seat-of-the-pants writer or a meticulous plotter or somewhere in between, we know that our story needs to have a satisfying ending. No matter the highs and lows of our characters’ journeys, as inspirational authors our readers expect us to give them hope. What a privilege!
Then there is the business part of writing. It’s an essential part of getting our stories out to as many readers as possible. Finding agents. Writing stories that will reach the widest audience. Editing. Marketing. Sometimes in the flurry of business, we can lose the wonder and awe of sharing creativity with the Creator.
This is why it’s so important to go to that Creative Sacred Place regularly to reconnect with our Abba and the reason why we do what we do.
Here are 3 ways to get there:
- Read a chapter of Proverbs and Psalms
- Creative writing exercises
Reading a chapter of Proverbs and Psalms each day is a powerful tool in our faith journey, but it’s also a powerful tool in our creative journey. Proverbs not only teaches us how to be wise, but it gives us incredible insights into humanity—our frailties, our abilities to do great good or harm.
Reading Psalms takes us into the world of lyrical emotion, poetry, wisdom, and worship. It’s also a direct channel into the Sacred Place.
Journaling. As writers, we exercise our gift by writing our books and blogs. But, when we journal our thoughts—how disappointed we were, how grateful we are, how beautiful the first tulip that flowered in our garden is—we stay real. Journaling keeps our motives for writing pure. We keep ourselves centered in who we are as created beings made in the image of God.
Even if it’s just a few lines each day, try to journal.
Creative Writing Exercises. My favorite creative writing workbook is The Playful Way to Serious Writing by Roberta Allen. But, there are many out there. Writing exercises are great tools to usher us into that Creative Sacred Space—even if for only ten minutes. It’s story for story sake. It can also help with that infernal writer’s block.
As we continue to journey the story road, may we remember to spend time with our Creative Creator in the Sacred Place.Have you visited your Creative Sacred Place? @TerriGMavens #ACFWBlogs #writing #encouragement #amwriting Click To Tweet
Terri Gillespie: author of Making Eye Contact with God—A Women’s Devotional, She Does Good Hair (2013 LYRA Best Women’s Fiction) and CUT IT OUT! (2014). She was a managing editor of the Tree of Life Version of the Holy Scriptures (Baker Publishing). Member of ACFW and AWSA.