"It's Just a Fairytale, Anyway."

Saturday, March 29, 2014

"So what is Good Friday?"
"It's a Christian holiday. On the Friday before Easter."
"Yeah, it's the day that Jesus died on the cross. Then He rose from the dead 3 days later. If you believe in that kind of stuff. I don't believe in God or the Bible. But I find religion very interesting."
"It's all just a fairytale, anyway."


So went the conversation at class the other day. I listened quietly, feeling a sharp pang go through me when one of the girls said that the Bible is just a fairytale. I wanted to say something--anything--but I decided it would be best to bide my time. Class was about to start, and I didn't want to get into a big discussion. Besides, I think that getting into a big argument (and this is one subject that I get very passionate about) would hurt the cause of Christ--when I want to push it forward.

"It's all just a fairytale, anyway." It keeps playing over and over in my mind.

I really want to know something, though. If the Bible is just a fairytale, then why are people so bothered by it? Why are people so offended by a bunch of lies? No one gets offended by Sleeping Beauty or Snow White--so what makes this "fairytale"--the Bible--so different? Could it be that deep down everyone knows that the Bible is in fact true?

There are multiple reasons that I could give you for believing that the Bible is real. But if you don't have faith, then it's pointless. The problem is, if people give in and admit that the Bible is true, then that means that they are a sinner and are answerable to God. And let's face it--most people don't want to admit that they're wrong.

Blaise Pascal said, "If you gain, you gain all. If you lose, you lose nothing. Wager then, without hesitation, that He exists." The point is, if we believe in the Bible and it doesn't turn out to be true, the worst that will happen is that we'll look funny. But if we don't believe that the Bible is true, and it turns out to be right--then we are going to Hell.

I believe with my whole heart that the Bible is true. People can call it a fairytale all they want. But I know the truth. There is a God. Jesus Christ did die on the cross and He did rise from the dead after three days. The Bible is true; I will stand by that even if it means dying. The truth is, I'm staking my life on the Bible.


Excerpts from "Beginning of the End"

Friday, March 14, 2014

"It isn’t the first time that I’ve had nightmares about the day my parents were killed; the dreams come and go. I remember being a little girl and waking up screaming from the nightmares. Vince had to hold me until I fell back to sleep. I shiver. Why do I even have the nightmares? I was too little to remember anything. So why does it bother me?"

 "I scowl into the fire and try to think of something else, anything else. But my mind stays focused on the fighting and death that has become my life. First, it started with my parents; then it grew. Everyday, people I know and grew up with come home in body bags—if there’s anything left of them. Just once, I want to know what it feels like to have some type of security, to know that I’ll see my friends come walking through the front door at the end of the day." 

One of the first things I do when I have writer's block is to read through my novel. It helps me get a sense of where I want to go. When I wrote the first draft of Beginning of the End, I wasn't exactly sure what motivated my main character, Brynn. But as I edit, I realize that the main thing that keeps her going is bitterness. Her parents were murdered when she was younger, and the country is ripped apart by war--people die around her everyday. Sure, Brynn has plenty of reason to be bitter. But she completely lets her bitterness take her over. And there is nothing so dangerous as a bitter heart.


The Block

Friday, March 7, 2014

Writing. I love it. But if I'm being honest, I have to admit that while I love writing, I seem to have a love-hate relationship with it--translation: I love writing, but it hates me.

Writer's block. Yup. I have it. 

pronunciation | skrip-‘tUr-E-ent

There are a million story ideas floating around in my head (most of them happen during the middle of class. go figure), but when I try to put them down, the words are sticky and flat and just.... lifeless.

I remember a line from the Emily of New Moon series by L.M. Montgomery (some of my favorite books ever) that said something about how great the chasm is to get what you picture in your mind on paper.

I'm there right now.

So to fight off this writer's block, I create story boards on pinterest (which helps a little, but *ahem* is a HUGE way for me to procrastinate) and research ways to conquer the block. What it comes down to though, is the fact that nothing I write is good enough for me. There is some little part of me that expects everything I write to be a work of art that flows off the paper--and that isn't going to happen. Good writing comes from practice, from just sitting down and writing. Maybe the best way to beat writer's block is to write even when you hate what you write. Because otherwise, you won't ever get better.

It's something to ponder.

What helps you conquer writer's block?