Maybe to say, "I'm writing again" is misleading. I have not begun the first draft. But I have given some careful thought to what messages I want to weave into my story. To me, messages are the most important part. Whether writers intend to or not, every story carries messages. Most are subtle. Satan likes to use messages to make people think certain behaviors or beliefs are normal and ok. Jesus also likes to use messages. Look at His parables - every parable has a message that points people to God. So here are some questions I asked myself while I was thinking about the messages in my story:
Why should someone read this book?
Entertainment will be the reason why they pick it up, more often than not. As for those who want to have a break from the junk in the worldly stories, this book will be a safe haven.
What do I want my readers to remember after reading this book? How do I want to encourage my readers toward the straight and narrow path?
I want to make my readers hungry for God. I want to feed them with His Word so that they will develop a craving for it. My characters must be constantly encouraged with the Word, because then my readers will be encouraged. At the end, I want the reader to be well aware that God is loving and trustworthy; whether they truly believe it or not is up to them.
Like I said, these are the bare bones of the story. I also wrote down some other questions, like:
What is my goal with this book?
What do I want to see happen at the end?
What lessons must be learned along the way?
These are yet unanswered. We'll get there.
Any thoughts? Suggestions?
Post Tenebras Lux!