Don’t Write What You Know…

Write to know journal page.

…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. ;)

Here’s how:

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.

I even went as far as to spend a day as a Muslim , an experiment in compassion. And I prayed to Jesus for a friend on a Hajj pilgrimage.

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.

Linked to The Weekend Brew

6 thoughts on “Don’t Write What You Know…”

  1. Wonderful post, Jessie. Each book I pen teaches me something new. Isn’t it wonderful how God uses everything to reach us if our hearts our open to Him? Love it!

    1. I think it is a little of both. Right? You have to know sometime to start and you have to keep learning to continue but you have to grow to learn and write something worth reading. In my opinion. :)

    1. Hehe, I’m so glad. :) Thanks for your comment!

  2. Dear Jess
    Thank you for a thoughtful post. Yes, I understand what you mean with writing to know. Sort of a journey to sort out your own life with yourself and your Heavenly Pappa. Definitely not a road to walk without Him!!
    Much love to you XX

  3. Hi Jess! Thanks for linking up with The Weekend Brew. I strive to write from my experiences, what I am learning on my journey in life. I always want to be authentic. Have a blessed week!

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