Some people read a book and feel there should have been more world building, while others think it was overdone and still others see it as absolutely perfect.
One reader will tell you that the premise of the story was not clear for them, while another will tell you there was far too much repetition – we know why we’re here… let’s move on now.
One reader will find too much violence and others will comment that the author must not have researched very well because the lack of violence is completely unrealistic.
The list goes on forever and it doesn’t stop there.
Readers are going to have issues with your cover, your back cover content, your author bio, even your advertising material. Some love it. Some hate it. Some just want to read the book and be left alone.
So, as writers, how do we deal with this? Well for those of us who write Christian fiction or inspirational fiction, the answer is obvious – we write what God gives us. We write what makes Him happy. At the end of the day, that’s really all that matters. God has a plan for each book, each song, each movie, each poem, each post that is written for Him, and His opinion is the only one that matters.
We need to make certain we are writing to please God, and let Him deal with the readers’ hearts.
Perhaps the discomfort a reader feels is due to the message God is trying to get through to them. Perhaps He has been trying to reach them about an issue in their own life and your book, your song, your movie, your blog post is the vessel He uses it to plant a seed.
Do you want to miss that opportunity because one reader doesn’t like something in your story?
Or do you want to be the vessel? I know what I want to be.
About the author:
JC Morrows – writer of YA Christian speculative fiction, drinker of coffee and avid reader – is a storyteller in the truest sense of the word. She finished her first speculative fiction novel purely for the enjoyment of her mother – also known as her biggest fan. JC has been telling stories in one form or another her entire life and once her mother convinced her to write them down, she couldn’t stop. She gives God all of the glory for her talent and ability!
“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.” Habakkuk 2:2 KJV
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