Wednesday, May 13, 2015

God: The Master of the Story

Do you ever have that moment when your book no longer becomes your own?

I'll admit, I was beginning to struggle with Grace Triumphant. The questions were becoming overwhelming. Am I adding enough action? Will readers even like this book? Is it too wordy? 

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That is where God got me. He got me in the same place on From the Dark to the Dawn.

This is not my book. It's His. It's not about whether or not readers like the book. It's not about whether I am popular as an author, or if my book fits the neat little box many readers expect, or if the book sells.

So. 

I don't care if there are places I have to tell, not show. In today's world, people aren't getting important messages anymore. They have to be told. Maybe the book will sound a bit preachy. Maybe there will be too much God and religion and faith to suit a lot of people. Maybe there will not be the amount of action readers want. The list of things that could be wrong with this book is long.

But, if it is God's book, then the list of things that are right in His eyes sure outweighs the wrong any reader might find.

That is what matters. It's His book. I dedicated it to Him. Just like From the Dark to the Dawn. God has a plan. This book will reach those who need it and its message - whether or not they like it.

Aren't you glad we have a faithful, loving God? One who reminds us that everything we do is His glory? I am so excited to see what the Lord does with this story!
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Alicia A. Willis is a home-school graduate, published author, and avid historian. She is a firm believer in the principle that one can accomplish anything by substantial amounts of prayer and coffee. Visit her at her blog or Facebook to view her historical-fiction novels and all the goings-on between writing!


7 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful post, Alicia. It is so true. Sometimes I tend to worry too much whether or not someone will like my books, and while it makes my day when I hear good feedback, my main goal is to honor and glorify Christ with my writing and let HIM use it as He pleases.

    Thanks for posting, friend!

    ~Bekah

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    1. Thank you! I know what you mean. Positive feedback is wonderful... But God's opinion is first! :)

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  2. Oh this comes to me all the time, although I am not publishing yet. In the end it has to be God's story, not our own. Definitely something I have to keep in mind all the time!

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  3. Thank you so much for the reminder! It is true for me that whenever I finish a story, I find myself with tons of doubts about it afterwards and I have to remind myself that it all belongs to God.

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