Monday, April 7, 2008

The Story That Has To Be Written

Have you ever had a story grip you and not let you go? A tale that stays in your mind, and no matter what else you try to write, this tale keeps popping up. It's as if it has it's own voice---"Write me! Write me!"
I have this story. It was almost complete, and I decided to rewrite it from a different POV. It's already been rejected once, my heroine has been compared to Britney Spears, ( I can't help it Britney went way bad after I started my book!) and I really don't know what the future holds for this story.
But I can't not write it.
I tried to write something else.
I plotted something else.
Britney( or Summer as I've called her) won't leave me alone. She has a story to tell and she's going to tell it.
It's a story of unconditional love, bad girl gone good, and a guy who just wants to be left alone, but God isn't having any of it.
So, I'm writing it. I'll finish it and may be the only one to read it. (Well, my cp Missy will read it, I'm sure.) But that's the way it has to be.
So what do you do in this situation? Try to write around it? Or give in and just put the story on paper and see what happens?


  1. Lindi, you should just write the best possible story that you can. God has put it on your heart for a reason. Yet in the eyes of the editor/agent, story is still king. Let God knock it out of the ballpark:-)

  2. Write it!

    I was in this situation. I love historicals and I've always written historicals, but I had a contemporary on my heart for thirteen years. I didn't write it because I felt unqualified, and because it seemed out of my "jurisdiction". But God knows best. Apparently, I'm not meant to only write historicals. So I finally wrote it last year and it finaled in the Genesis. It placed third. My agent sent a proposal to an editor on it and within two weeks they wanted the complete. I don't know what will happen with this manuscript, but I know it's meant to be.

    Lindi, just write it! God knows best. He must have plans for it.

  3. Yep. Write it. Then send it to me. :)

    Missy--the afore-mentioned cp (critique partner)

  4. Write it - don't give up - keep writing, praying and plodding alone. If the story won't leave you alone, sounds like one I would want to read. Father I come to you right now about this story and pray your annointing upon it. I pray you annoint it, guide where you want it, and put it in the hands of the people you have it for. In Jesus name, Amen
    I would love to read it - sounds good.
    When it won't leave you alone, then God has a purpose. I know as Authors have sent me books while I was recovering from my ankle fusion that were just what God had planned at the time. Like now he sent me two books from an Author which are helping me through hurt feelings with family members, church family, etc. But always timely. He has a plan. Hang in there.
    I'm not a Author - just a reader.
    God Bless.

  5. Mindy,

    I hope He does knock it out of the ballpark! That would be awesome.
    (Especially as it's all for His glory anyway, huh?)
    Shine on, girl!!!! (Yes, I stole your phrase to use just for you)

  6. Jenn,

    I know God has put that story on your heart and you were obediant to write it. He will not only bless you, but show you many more gifts you have.

  7. Missy,

    don't worry. You'll be reading!! (and I'm very thankful for you!)

  8. squiresj,

    Thank you for the beautiful prayer. I'm so glad you commented and shared your experiences as a reader. God has a way of putting the right books in your hands when you need them. I hope your hurts go away and I'm glad you can find your way through it to the good things God has in store for you.

  9. You have to write it!

    I had exactly the same thing with my first manuscript. It was bugging me for months and months and I kept squashing it down (Ihad never written anything and never had any desire to be a writer!) until it got so persistent that I felt like I had no choice except to try and get the thing out of my head before it drove me mad :)

    Of course the way things work it is in a genre (chick-lit) that was 'in' when I started writing it and was very definitely 'out' by the time I finished. *Sigh*

    So like you part of me is resigned to the fact that maybe my little sister and a few close friends are the only people who will read it. But who knows? Maybe God had me write it for one of them. Not for publication.

    Though I really hope that's not true! ;)

  10. I'm glad you are writing it. It sounds like a story I'd love to read!

  11. Kara,
    I'm glad you finished the book. That inspires me to keep going. Do you realize how many people never even finish a book? That's great you had that drive. You are already ahead of the pack there. And don't give up on sending it out. Keep writing...

    I'm not writing near as fast as I'd like to, but slowly it's coming along.