Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Worker/Writer is Worthy of his Pay

Getting paid for your writing effort isn't bad. It is expected that now or later you will get paid for your labors. 1 Timothy 5:18 KJV (For the scripture saith, Thou shalt not muzzle the ox that treadeth out the corn. And, The labourer [is] worthy of his reward. ) A problem occurs when your misuse of a writing gift creates a negative or harmful result. For example, if you have a gift of writing and decide to write material that leads another to sin, isn't your writing creating a stumbling block for others? Romans 14:13 KJV (Let us not therefore judge one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumbling block or an occasion to fall in [his] brother's way.)

You can write a story for the right reason, but deliver it in the wrong manner. As Nissa pointed out in her comment, a preachy, negative tone gets in the way of a story. What is your reason for writing the story? Is it a sincere attempt to aid others through your writing, or are you using the story as a soapbox to pound someone over the head until a desired belief is accepted? Fictional stories can contain a theme and a message. A story shouted too loudlyat the reader to persuade them of a certain view may prevent the reader from staying to hear either the theme or the message because they have already closed the book.


Nissa Annakindt said...

I think the best Christian messages one might receive from fiction are the ones that the author didn't know he was putting there.

Setting out to tell a story about why you need Christ or why abortion screws up your karma is likely to lead to a preachy story.

Setting out to tell a vivid interesting story, when you are a follower of Christ, might end up delivering the above messages in a more subtle and meaningful way.

(Blogging note: when you put your blog title as part of your blog post, that kind of messes things up for people who read you through a Blogger blogroll or Google reader since it won't show the title of new posts. I'd suggest you put it in the 'title' slot, though of course it's up to you.....)

Nissa from The Lina Lamont Fan Club

Fantasythyme said...

Thanks, Nissa. The blog looked fine in preview, but didn't save the breaks or spacing.