“Escape to Big Fork Lake” is my debut novel. I look forward to years of writing fiction. I have no doubt that I’m an Inspirational writer, but at times I wondered where the line was drawn for Inspiration and Christian. Additionally, I notice (through reading other novels) that I inscribed manuscripts differently than some Inspirational or Christian authors. I tend to attack subjects in my manuscripts that some Christian novelists shy away from. I also, add emotional aspects of relationships, such as kissing, fondling and hate.
In my way of thinking, just because a person is a Christian doesn’t make them immune to life. The trials one encounters and human
feelings are a part of us being alive.
That being said I realize that I am officially one-hundred percent an “Edgy Inspirational” author. These authors have characters who tussle with cravings. The characters deal with real problems.
Nevertheless, the Edgy Inspirational novelist will always glorify the Lord and bring God’s mercy to light in the life of the
characters, while helping them make decisions that honor Jesus Christ.
Do you struggle with your writing label? Like it or not
we all have one.
The Writer's Prayer
Open my mind, Lord. Grant me the talent to write with clarity and style, so my words go down rich and smooth, like fine wine, and
leave my reader thirsty for more.
Open my heart, Lord. Grant me the sensitivity to understand my characters-their hopes, their wants, their dreams--and help me to
confer that empathy to my reader.
Open my soul, Lord, so I may be a channel to wisdom and
creativity from beyond my Self. Stoke my imagination with vivid imagery and vibrant perception.
But most of all, Lord, help me to know the Truth, so my
fiction is more honest than actuality and reaches the depths of my reader's soul.
Wrap these gifts with opportunity, perseverance, and the
strength to resist those who insist it can't be done.
© 1999 Sandy Tritt. For more articles and essays on the writing life, visit www.InspirationforWriters.com.
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