Over half the members of our family write, but Miss 14 is our fiction star, having penned several novels. I’ve been thinking of getting her a novel-writing course. She participates in NaNoWriMo every year and imitates other writers’ styles as recommended in The Writer’s Workshop, but I wanted to give her something more.
As I considered various options, I bumped into a free 18-week course on Hope Auer’s blog, A Cry from Egypt. Hope is a young lady whose first book has been published, and she’s sharing what she has learned about writing books.
Although I’ve only seen the course up to week 4, it seems helpful without being arrogant. As Hope points out, there are many different people who write in different ways…and when she outlines the various methods, aspiring writers can choose which one would most likely work for them.
Each lesson contains a discussion of a part of the writing process and ends with a small homework assignment. Each lesson, so far, is Biblical. I love the reminders not to put words into the mouth of a Bible character without much prayer and careful consideration. Of course, to write a book to God’s glory, you need to pray, and don’t we all need to be encouraged to pray more?
Here’s what you get, so far:
- Week 1: Writing for God’s Glory
- Week 2: Getting an Idea
- Week 3: Getting Accountability
- Week 4: Starting
So, why do I like this course?
1. For one thing, it is very practical. Whoever does the homework assignments can’t help but learn.
2. For another, I share Hope’s perspective on most Christian teen fiction: It is neither helpful nor up-building. True Christian fiction is different. However, it is a struggle to learn what true Christian fiction is and how to write it. Sharing the struggle with others will benefit everyone involved. I expect Miss 14 will learn some more about that struggle from Hope’s course, whether or not she ends up agreeing with her methods.
3. And I’m telling people about this course because there is a message that needs to get out to Christian writers. Yes, you’re writing about people, but don’t make it a worldly novel with a few prayers thrown in as veneer. Instead, make it a novel about Christian people living a Christian life, whether adventurous, romantic, or conflicted, or about non-Christians facing their need for a Savior… or whatever else is True. Write about Truth, and don’t be a wolf in sheep’s clothing. Rather, learn to write for God’s glory.
I pray that How to Write a Book will help any aspiring author, whether teen or adult, learn more about writing for God’s glory.
Disclosure: I am giving my own opinions in this preview and am in no way compensated for sharing them with you.