I probably won’t be blogging much over the next few weeks. I’ve tasked myself with getting my story “The Kingdom” into an e-Book while I’ve got a break from work. I’ve lost the plot and need a lot of guidance and help from God getting it finished.
When I first wrote this story, it didn’t have a plot. I’d simply kept a rough sort of journal made up of individual chapters where I’d kept a record of my spiritual journey with God. Then I strung them all together and called it “The Kingdom”. I got a book report back from some Christian Publishers that said the manuscript needed 51 to 250 hours of structural editing.
They did say; “This is a really awesome story with a fabulous blend of unusual elements. It has the potential to wield a strong and powerful impact if the issues of ‘show don’t tell’ are addressed.”
I’m praying about what to change. I know the Lord understands because He is an author himself.
I started tidying the story up last week. On Saturday night I added this paragraph to a chapter called “The Kingdom of God Within”;
“The Author and finisher of faith held to his word, his nail scarred hands turning the pages of his living book, a book that is alive and active. The words and verses contained his breath, his will for creation.
In order for faith to come, people needed to hear him – and hearing came from his word.”
I found out that author and authority share the same root word.
When Jesus was on earth, He taught with authority, not as the teachers of the law. You can read that in Mark chapter 1, and in John chapter 1 you can read that Jesus was the LOGOS, the Word of God.
If you want to find out what something in a book means, you go to the author. He is the authority.
May you look to Jesus the author and finisher of our faith. I sure will be in my attempts at getting the second draft of “The Kingdom” finished.