…instead write TO know.
People often ask how I came up with the idea for my first book. Technically it’s my second but we won’t talk about the one wrinkled up in the drawer.
I encountered a problem. One of prejudice and misunderstanding and God called me on it. Thus began the journey of my novel Unveiled Faces. It’s the story of a single dad, because of 9/11, who is convinced a New York senator is a terrorist. And the sister of the senator who is striving to live up to her name, which means savior, and find redemption through Islam.
You can check out my Pinterest board for the novel and watch for updates. I have no idea what God has in store for this story but I do know I have begun to learn the lessons God wanted me to learn through spending over a year with these characters.
I’m afraid I couldn’t write what I know. I write to learn and to converse with Jesus. It’s a conversation. Not me with a mega phone telling the world my story. Because of that I’m quite content with simply finishing my WIP and moving on to the next but as of yet, the Lord hasn’t released me from pursuing publication. For me it’s obedience to have the hard conversations with Him and then follow through and share.
Probably sounds goofy.
I know the benefits of “write what you know”. That’s how I published my first article. Don’t Friend Me! But it’s not where my heart learns to fly.
Here are a couple of the most amazing outcomes of my novel, regardless of what happens from here.
ONE: an ongoing friendship with a Muslim blogger, fellow coffee lover.
TWO: the fact that when 9/11 comes to mind I am no longer afraid. Sad, but not afraid.
So I encourage you. Don’t wait to write till you know, write to know and see what incredible things you might discover.
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