Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Authors and Authority, one Christian's Perspective

Spring has Sprung, Still Nattering about in Winter
Yesterday I gave my first session of Writing and Publishing 101 at the Ruidoso Public Library. I discussed the following and it seemed a good set of topics for those attending.

Finding your voice

·        You as author
What will you write?
Who will read it?
Why write in the first place?
·        Your predominant gestures
What are your areas of interests?
What observations draw your attention?
What themes reoccur in your conversations?
·        Develop your brand or public image
Kitsch character (or not) How do you want to be seen through your writing?
Meeting reader expectations. Who are my readers, again?
Blogging, to blog or not to blog?
·        Your voice
Thematic, what theme is developed in your current WIP?
Turn of phrase, what phraseology, mannerisms and word choice define your work?
Influences, what voices inspire you and feed your imagination?

I am struck today by the first part of the session; You as author.

A few authors I know Including the one and only ME
In Matthew 7:28-29, after giving instruction concerning:
1)  judging others,
2) ask and it will be given,
3) the golden rules,
4) a tree and it's fruit,
5) I never knew you,
6) and finally build your house on the rock
(This is the last of three chapters of Matthew collectively known as the sermon on the Mount.)
His followers are astonished at His teaching. He taught as one who has authority.
Pairing this with Hebrews 12:1-2, Jesus is the author and perfecter. In every translation I read this morning, He is the perfecter, one who makes whole, completes, and or finishes.
Jesus as an author, establishes our way, He holds our account and wipes it clean and He holds us to account.
We authors are obviously not Jesus, but there is something to learn, a spark for our imagination. In looking at the word, author, I find two forms, noun and verb, both pertaining to books. The word comes from Latin: augere, increase, originate, promote, which then morphed in to auctor, still Latin, then to old French autor. English added the th and the definition became someone who invents or causes something. I also found a second note which interested me more. the th may have come from our word, authentic. Check this word authentic out when you're blue and have your writing doubts. Authentic means of undisputed origins. It is genuine. (There's only one you-author.) It means something made or done in the traditional or original way. It also means based on facts, accurate, reliable, trustworthy and authoritative.
What do I write?
Who will read it?
Why do I write?

What do I write? 

Currently I am in the middle of the sequel to Gabby Care. About the Gabby Rendon Series, it is lemon-drop fiction; that is to say light, bright and not to sweet. It is also Christian Fiction, no preaching, but some God talk.
What will you write? Something authentic that can only come from me. I will create it and make it whole.

Who will read it?

I must know who I write for our to. We say we must know our readers. my audience currently is those women who want an uplifting face-paced easy read, with a twist of mystery, romance and lots of prayer.
You will write for at least one reader, you. Entertain yourself. Inspire yourself. Work through a monkey to get him off your back.

Why do I write?

Finally, why do I write. Many folks will say they can't not write. Perhaps that is somewhat true for me. When I haven't written for a while I'm not using the noggin. With closer examination I have a stronger reason to write. I write to delight the reader, and yes, I write to delight this author.
Please let me know why you write in the comments.

Happy reading. Thank you. BEV

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