Difficult Choices

In my quest to begin writing novels, I had hoped for a particular domain name to go with the pen name my sister and I are going to use to write under.  But that one was taken 😦  and that makes me said.  Just in case, I bought up my other choice to hang onto it.  But that isn’t the difficult choice.

The choice that is difficult at the moment is what type of novels to write.  I can write some pretty juicy material that will curl toes and cause folks to gasp just from my own life experiences.  A tweak here and a nip and tuck there and I can fictionalize it enough to cover my tail when it comes to legal issues.  Believe me I am convinced I could hit the best seller’s list, and I’m not flashing ego here at all.  I know I write well, and many have told me I need to publish a book.  My difficult choice(s) comes down to certain content.

I could write a juicy, steamy, sex filled story that would no doubt make me money.  Sex sells, no doubt about it. Jasinda Wilder proved that a quick read, short book loaded down with seriously descriptive sex scenes will sell like hot cakes and make you a lot of money.  I actually find her story inspiring, as she and her husband were about to lose it all and she sat down and wrote the first of her books, Big Girls Do It Better, and BAM they were rolling.  Trouble is I don’t know if I SHOULD write that type of book.  See, as I walk this road of faith, little by little I see that all things in my life need to be seen through a biblical perspective.  Would it be honoring to Christ to write such stuff?  The issue I had with her book was just that, the sex.  There was just TOO much of it!  I’ve read a number of her Big Girl series and honestly the story line is decent, but I started skipping a good portion because the sex scenes were just getting ridiculous.  Realistic sure, but entirely too much of it.

When I read, I love a good story.  I love several Christian authors, especially Lori Wick.  I think my very favorite book of her’s is Pretense.  It was so real, so impacting and a modern day story.  Historical fiction is great and I love reading it, but I really love things that are present day.  Face it, I cannot relate real well to living in a covered wagon or a log cabin, washing my clothes on a rock somewhere.  I enjoy getting lost in a good book but prefer things I can relate too.  I will naturally write about things in my novels that I can relate too.  There won’t be any vampires, no super model in looks characters, just real, ordinary characters, average. But with extraordinary situations and stories.

But what about the sex?  Sex between a husband and wife is beautiful, and special.  Is it wrong to write steamy scenes between two people married to each other?  And what about the fact that lots of believers don’t walk a perfect path, should I write my characters more realistic or as more fictionally perfect examples?  Sure, there are many real life believers that go from cradle to coffin walking out the Word of God in seeming perfection.  I’m not one of those.  My life, to say the least, has been rather colorful and edgy.  Woven into characters who while believers, have stumbled through some seriously sinful situations and made some poor choices, would those be more of interest to readers than the almost perfect ones I could make up?

SIGH…so many important choices.

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5 thoughts on “Difficult Choices

  1. Just my 2 cents worth here, and in today’s market that doesn’t leave much except about one half a penny, but I really don’t think that you have to walk these tightropes. You may have done things in your past that wouldn’t exactly jive with how you want to live your life now, and I get that. But the fact is, I think I can wager a bet that at the time that you did those things, you weren’t out to disrespect yourself, the people around you, or your God. That would make you evil, and that you are not. With that being said, your past is what has made you who you are today. You’ve learned from it. Maybe you’ve moved on from it and never want to dwell on it again. Maybe you look back at some portions of it and smile. Only you know that for sure. One thing that I know as truth is this: We are all made up of the pieces of our past that brought us to our present, and will determine how we live our future. You could tell every steamy instance of your life and then label it “fiction”. You can cover up all thing not so bright and shiny things in your past and call it “truth”. Or, you could just write whatever flows, and let it take you in many directions and call it “your life”. And let others that read it decide what they are going to take away from it. Because they will anyway. The fun part will be seeing which list on the New York Best Sellers List you end up on. Good luck. And I expect a signed copy !

  2. I enjoyed reading your blog today. I am sure you will be guided by you convictions. I personally like reading most anything. However, some Christian books are just TOO goody-goody to relate to . Jus’ sayin!

  3. I too did not enjoy something 50 Shades – it was just too much. and poorly written at that. That amount of sex is just not justified. It was meant to be shocking, and make money. period. And in my opinion the story is lost/suffers as a result.

    I think you should always write what you know — and that often means it will be coloured by your own experiences. Sex absolutely has a place in our lives — and of course, it sells. But that doesn’t mean you have to write it gratuitously. It can be descriptive and erotic, but How and When it occurs, as well as the relationship within which it occurs, definitely affect the overall tone. People have sex. Even Christians. And some even before they were married, and why should those stories not be told? It’s like anything else in life: Balance. If you want a book that many will return to for a second read – and not just certain ear-marked pages — the Story is always the key. And people have to care about your characters — and the more “real” they are; they more likely we are to care.
    That’s my two cents.

    • I found the stories Jasinda wrote to be poorly written as well. Again, she had some good ideas but the books were well over 50% sex! I did read and actually enjoyed the 50 Shades Of Grey series, for the story line throughout it. But I could have done without all the sex in that one too. My imagination can run wild without such descriptions.

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