The Facebook group that I am a part of, Writers Unite, had a challenge to write about your faith affects your art this week. So I thought I would join in.
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Finding a way to fit my faith into my art has been a struggle for me for as long as I have had both faith and my art.
I worry that my writing will not reflect God.
I worry about putting God in there artificially thereby making Him artificial and the story weaker.
I worry that writing about him will just make people tell me how wrong my theology is.
I have written more than once about this struggle here and here. Looking back at those posts, I talked about the need for good romance. I talked about my passion for mystery. And I have stated to several people recently that I want to write fantasy. So I don't even know what kind of a story that leaves me with. Maybe it leaves me with several. So far it has left me with none, not one story finished. And worse than not finished, I don't even care to finish. I have yet to find a character that I fall in love with. I don't care enough to go back to the character to finish the story let alone edit and submit it for critique.
So I tried to give up.
Then Sunday in church, I had inspiration from God. And I wrote this during the pastor's sermon. (Sorry, Pastor Scott!). When he called for people to go to the front, I was thinking, 'I don't need to go. I didn't even pay attention today.' Then God told me to go up front because he wanted me to write fantasy, something for which I feel uber-underqualified and of which I am terrified. He suggested a few other ideas as well. He wanted me to commit to writing because He wants me to do that. (Oh crap, I just said that out loud.)
I don't want to commit to that. I don't want to try to find a character that I love enough to follow through to the end of a story and then edit said story and then send it off for critique and more editing. However, I do want to do God's will. So it seems that even though I don't know how to put God in my writing or what kind of writing I even want to do, He has put himself in my writing and He has a story for me to tell.
Lord, help me tell it well.