Christian Writer: How Real is Too Real?

I’m often torn with 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.

Christians make a huge mistake of pretending to be something we are not.

We are flawed, we make mistakes and sometimes, our actions do not match what we profess. 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 incorrect perceptions of me. The thing is, as an introvert and more as 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, wp-1463495330817.jpgand not worry or care too much if people get it. At the end of the day, you must know and remember Who 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?

Ebby ♥


 

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Don’t Be Limited by “Their” Perception

I gained wisdom yesterday through a wise friend. She reminded me how often we limit God, not with our perceptions, but the perceptions and opinions of others. We allow “their” lessor thinking to taint our possibilities. Ralph Emerson once said, “there is a time in every man’s education when he arrives at the conviction that envy is ignorance; imitation is suicide.” It is not meant for you to think and be like everyone else. What makes a person great is his individuality. Not everyone will comprehend what God has purposed for you, thus the beauty in taming one’s tongue and the wisdom in withholding. Do everyone a favor today and remember the dream you had that someone told you was too big. Do yourself and the world a favor and GO AFTER IT!

-Ebby