When meeting someone new—and hoping to establish a friendship—there are two topics of conversation that most people stay clear of: Politics and Religion. Thank goodness, writers have no such boundary! As of this blog entry, I have not yet had the pleasure of working with an author in the genre of World and/or National Politics. However, I am very blessed to say that my life has been enriched by working with authors from the mission field, from pastors to world evangelists and prophets to next door neighbors who write about the legacy of their faith walk. Yes, that has been a privilege and honor, indeed.
Through these faith-writing adventures, I’ve discovered that although the main subject matter may be controversial, the topic of “religion” and/or “faith” crosses over into multiple genres. Fiction genres include: Action/Adventure, Family Sagas, Historical, Military/Espionage, Mystery, Romance, Science Fiction, Thrillers, Westerns and Young Adult. Non-Fiction genres include: Biography/Memoirs, Business/Economics, Cultural/Social Issues, Current Affairs, Military History, Humor, Medical, Parenting, Relationships, Science, Women’s Issues…and more. There truly seems to be few genre limitations in this field of writing! There are, however, a few TIPS that I’ve garnered and I am happy to pass these forward to you.
- Recognize that your reading audience may be smaller than those of mainstream authors. However, you may be the next Dan Brown (author of The Da Vinci Code) who stepped into view of readers of multiple genres (Mystery, Action/Adventure, Cultural/Social/Political, Thrillers, History, Relationships, Parenting, etc.). It is always valuable to consider your reading audience who are now able to find your book on the Internet as well as library and bookstore shelves.
- Human beings seek comfort, hope and strength within their understanding of God—who He is and their relationship to Him. Remember, you (the author) are also a seeker. The compassion with which you choose your words, create your characters and develop your writing will make a huge impact on readers—and on you. Billy Graham is an excellent example of a writer/speaker/evangelist who understands this concept, even to the point of addressing people’s love for their pets. “I think God will have prepared everything for our perfect happiness [in Heaven],” he said. “If it takes my dog being there, I believe he’ll be there.”
- Be respectful. There are so many factors/influences involved and “faith” is so individually personal, that one author—addressing one element and/or storyline—cannot possibly address all the theological pieces. Stick to the theme you’ve been inspired to write about. If an author follows every “rabbit-trail” of thought that might connect to the main topic, readers will come away confused and disappointed. Respecting the time, heart and mind/intellect of your readers is greatly important.
- BE HONEST in the development of your writings. If you are creating a fiction/novel, know the motivation behind your character’s actions. If you’re writing a collection of essays on current affairs or military history, DO your research before adding your opinions on faith-in-action in the midst of those events. If your topic is about business and how “beliefs” shape policies and procedures, sit in on a college course of Business Ethics college and write the facts about what is being taught today vs what actually happens in the various businesses.
And, FEAR NOT Faith Writers! The self-publishing industry is WIDE OPEN to accept your manuscripts and produce quality books for the reading world!
|ABOUT ROYALENE DOYLE: Royalene Doyle is a Ghostwriter with Outskirts Press, bringing more than 35 years of writing experience to authors who need “just a little assistance” with completing their writing projects. She has worked with both experienced and fledgling writers helping complete projects in multiple genres. When a writer brings the passion they have for their work and combines it with Royalene’s passion to see the finished project in print, books are published and the writer’s legacy is passed forward.|