I often think of what a privilege it is to be able to create stories for a living. The word fiction, according to Merriam Webster, means “something invented by the imagination”. So, as an author, I literally make money by making stuff up. Sounds cool, right? LOL.
It is cool! Writing is a huge blessing for me. That said, there’s also a flip side to writing (as there usually is to many things in life). Writing is also a big responsibility, especially as an author of Christian fiction.
I’ve been thinking about this topic lately. I write both Christian romance and clean & wholesome romance, and while I enjoy both, I definitely feel more pressure when writing the former. Why? Mainly because I take this opportunity that God has given me seriously.
There’s an extra burden to “get it right” with my Christian stories. Not only plot-wise or grammatically—which are important of course—but more importantly, theologically. I don’t ever want to portray the Lord or the gospel incorrectly. This is even more important when I consider there are non-Christians who read my Christian books, a thought that is both awesome and nerve-wracking!
So, how do I know if I’m “getting it right”? There’s the personal, behind-the-scenes part of writing, where I need to make sure my heart is right and that my understanding of the gospel is accurate. What goes on in my relationship with God certainly translates into the Biblical truths that come out in my stories. The rest though? I have to leave it in God’s hands and continue growing in my Christian walk, so I can continue to write stories that honor Him and edify my readers.
I have a question now for you, dear readers of Christian romance! How much do you look for Biblical truths in a Christian romance? What are some signs for you when a Christian author “gets it right”?
Please answer in the comments below! I look forward to reading your answers.