Monday, March 16, 2009

True To You

Okay, Season 8 of American Idol has started. Which brings back week after week of great singing, Ryan Seacrest, and the ongoing love/hate relationship between Simon and Paula.

This year they had 36 finalists and three shows with 12 contestants. During one of the shows a guy named Alex performed. The judges weren't real thrilled with his performance. During the result show Ryan asked Alex how he felt about the judges comments. He said that he had a lot of fun and then he said this---
"I'd rather lose being me than win being someone I'm not."

I've been thinking alot about this statement. It's a pretty strong---and he did get booted off so I hope he meant what he said, you know?

Parts of my writing lately have been a struggle. First person vs. third person. Touchy themes, rock stars and musicians. All the no-no's. Especially if you aren't published. I've prayed, worked through plots, talked to writer friends, and I've determined one thing.

I have to be true to me. Be who I am. Write how and what I feel like God is leading me to write. And if I'm doing that, well then I don't see how I can lose.

What about you? Any struggles lately? Hope not, but if so we can all commiserate here together!!



  1. I think we all struggle with that! With my fiction, I fight to be true to the spirit of what I write and avoid the pressures to do a salacious story - or one as pure as snow. (People are not pure - the only one who was died 2000 years ago for our sins!)

    L. Diane Wolfe

  2. I agree. Wouldn't it be an awful feeling to get published and have that wave of 'I've sold out' feeling washing over you? Trust the Lord to lead you down the best path for you.

  3. Yes, what a great statement about remaining true to himself.

    Yes, in my writing, I'm sure I won't get published because I am too edgy.

    But, I'm in this for the Audience of One. I will not back down. Christians are real people, they deserve real writing. Yes, even that which talks about no-no topics.

    At least if we write about the no-no topics, it'll have a Christian spin on it. A way out.

    God's Grace!

    So, I hear ya. I'll just keep pluggin' way, staying true to myself and to God. You're right, Belinda, you can't lose if you're seeking God's will for your writing!

  4. Lindi, hang in there. you'll get it all figured out.

    You know, in publishing, it really is a balance. I think we have to start with a story we love, that we feel God leading us to write. But then if it sells, we may end up revising that story. And it may morph into something different. But my experience is that it's a better book. And the heart of the book remains the same. It's just told better. (Does that make sense?)

  5. T. Anne----Trusting the Lord is the only way to go!

  6. Lynn, Edgy is good! Keep going, girl. And have you heard that song Audience of One----I love it.

  7. Missy,
    I agree about there being a balance--and I'm thinking if an editor buys your story, they like the heart---revisions are a great thing! You have great story themes.

  8. I think it is always hard to "be yourself" when all we have around us is critics. Friends are so important in a time like this. I think friends that uplift and support us are a gift God knew we'd need in this fallen world. They help us through those super charged losses.


  9. I've struggled with the same issue. My first person inspirational "chick lit" (only relation to the stereotypical chick lit was the first person POV) hit editors' desks right when the bottom was starting to fall out of that market. Lots of them loved it, but wouldn't buy due to that. Another loved the story - even described a particular scene he loved which happened to be well into the middle of the book - but passed because the heroine was divorced and not your typical church-going female lead. I ended up completely revising a previous
    1st person POV into 3rd and we're trying that. Even so my books aren't typical inspirationals (at least the ones I've read) as the heroines tend to be big-time skeptics. My agent tells me I'm simply writing ahead of the trend...or setting a new one, lol. My impression (and this may be entirely incorrect) was that inspirational novels had very heavy themes and/or Prairie/Amish-centric romances a la Beverly Lewis. Those have their place, but that's not what's in my heart and mind to write. My books are sassy and fun, but still explore spirituality in a way that is hopefully not heavey-handed or fake.

  10. Kristin,

    Just checking back and saw your comment. I too don't feel the heavy themed issue in my heart. That's been one of my struggles also. But light/fun books don't mean there isn't a message--it's just a different way of getting the message out. Keep on girl. I know you are on your way. Thanks for stopping by.

  11. Ang,
    You're right about the friend aspect. And being true to yourself amongst all that is around you. We'll keep doing this thing---I believe it's gonna pay off.