I’m often torn about how “real” to be when it comes to writing. I’m not a cookie-cutter Christian and I don’t want to pretend to be. Some Christians make the mistake of pretending to be something we are not. We are flawed, we make mistakes and our actions don’t always reflect our beliefs. Don’t get me wrong, I know some true Mother Teresas and Ms. Claras (War Room) out there, but they too are flawed.
Like many, my past is not some wholesome Christian journey to freedom. So, when I write fiction, realistic fiction, I want to stay true to my reality and the reality of so many others. Yet, I struggle with knowing where to draw the line.
I’ve learned the main culprit of my struggle is worrying too much about what other people think.
My biggest pet peeve is being misunderstood and hearing false perceptions of me. The thing is, as an introvert and more as a writer that comes with the territory. Thankfully, my husband and a few close friends have mastered the art of not caring and remaining true to them regardless. I’m slowly learning from them. More importantly, I’m reminding myself of the only opinion that matters. In everything I do, I strive to please God above all else.
Ralph Emerson once penned, “To be great is to be misunderstood.” You have to be you, and not worry if people get it. At the end of the day, you must know and remember WHO you write for and WHY you write.
Do you struggle with ‘how real to be’ in your writing? Do you struggle with being misunderstood? What are some ways you handle it?
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