A to Z Challenge asks bloggers to post every day except Sundays during the month of April on a thematic topic–nothing else. This year, I’ll be covering writing genres.
Fiction based on faith in a supreme being. Often, stories deal with prophecy, angels, demons, spiritual choices, and inspirational encouragement of forgiveness and freedom from what hinders humanity. Also known as Christian fiction, inspirational fiction, and faith-based fiction.
- Don’t preach. Put your beliefs into a story.
- Make sure the characters follow what is typically a religious lifestyle.
- Create believable characters with endearing qualities as well as flaws your readers can identify with.
- Though the plot may model any event that can occur in life, it is likely to be uplifting with a positive ending.
- Plot development is more like cozies than horror or thrillers.
- Include a moral that supports religious beliefs.
- Don’t apologize for the ways of God. Everything is possible under a religious umbrella.
- Once you finish your faith-based story, do get it published by a Christian publisher. Sometimes, that’s the clearest sign that it is religious fiction.
- Your goal with writing likely is to honor God.
- Because you represent God in your writing, do it as well as possible.
- Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
- The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho
- A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
- Christy by Catherine Marshall
- The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
- Rekindled by Tamara Alexander
- Flabbergasted by Ray Blackston
- The Last Jihad by Joel Rosenberg
- The Prodigal Husband by Jacquelin Thomas
- The List by Robert Whitlow
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Jacqui Murray is the author of the popular Building a Midshipman, the story of her daughter’s journey from high school to United States Naval Academy, and the thriller, To Hunt a Sub. She is also the author/editor of over a hundred books on integrating tech into education, adjunct professor of technology in education, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice book reviewer, a columnist for TeachHUB, monthly contributor to Today’s Author and a freelance journalist on tech ed topics. You can find her books at her publisher’s website, Structured Learning. The sequel to To Hunt a Sub, Twenty-four Days, is scheduled for May 2017. Click to follow its progress.