“Jesus said, ‘Let me tell you a story.’ And that’s what entertainment is . . . keeping the attention of people to insert a truth.” ~Bill Gaither, “10 Great Bill Gaither Quotes and Anecdotes,” from Homecoming Magazine, January/February 2013.
Yes, Jesus was a great story-teller. Every truth He wanted to impart He did so through story. Sometimes the things He said while “training” His disciples were over their heads and Jesus would repeat his teaching, once again, through a story.
As a kid, did you ever go to summer camp and sit around the bonfire after dark and see who could tell the scariest story? Making up spooky tales was so much fun, and it seemed to me those stories came easy.
I remember one summer we got so carried away that we managed to terrify one of the younger kids who had nightmares afterwards.
Thinking back on those carefree times, I wonder what happened to my oh-so-vivid imagination.Trying to write and tell a good story now oftentimes feels like torture. Of course, back then, nothing had to really make sense. The scarier the better, never mind facts. Now it takes a bit more than just making up a story.
Isn’t there a saying that goes something like: The difference between fact (or truth) and fiction is that fiction has to make sense. (Anyone who knows the correct phrasing and who said it, please jump in!)
Anyway, in my current WIP (work in progress,) which is supposed to be Book 2 in my Desert Faith series, I’m having a difficult time getting my female lead to talk to me. She’s hiding something, I think, something more than the big secret I’ve already given her, and I can’t even finish the opening scene. It’s just not coming together. Oh for the freedom of childhood fantasy!
My daughter suggested I start on what’s supposed to be Book 3. The female lead there (Larke, for those of you who read Book 1, TO SEE THE SUN) is a fascinating gal. Maybe Heidi (daughter) is right. Who says the planned Book 2 can’t be switched to Book 3 and I can make planned Book 3, Book 2? It’s not as if I’ve submitted a proposal to an editor and have to stick with it. I’m self-publishing and I suppose I can do it in whatever sequence I wish. Heh heh.
Anyway, I have two options. Go with Larke’s story instead, or, pick up parts of a discarded rough draft and see if there’s anything there that will still work for Book 2.
So, I have a thought. If anyone has the answer to the quote above, or has any suggestions to help solve my quandary, I’ll put your name in a drawing for a free book or two. I have a great selection of recent books from excellent authors where I’ve somehow managed to get duplicate copies. These are real books, paperbacks, and I’ll choose one or more winners with a US mailing address.
Oh, yeah . . . if you’ve read TO SEE THE SUN, tell me which character from that book you’d like to see next: Magie or Larke.
I’ll put the list of available books up here tomorrow. Sound like a plan? Can’t wait to hear from you.